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FRAZIERs

WINE CATALOGUE

INDEX
Services..............................................................4 Party Wines ........................................................6 Wine Guide.........................................................7 Wine Faults ........................................................8 Wine Characteristics ..........................................9 Wine With Food................................................10

John Frazier Ltd


Stirling Road Cranmore Industrial Estate, Shirley Solihull West Midlands B90 4NE Tel: 0121 704 3415 Fax: 0121 711 2710 Email: sales@fraziers.co.uk Managing Director John Frazier (john@fraziers.co.uk) General Manager Steven Jay (steve@fraziers.co.uk) Personal Assistant to M.D. Linda Brown (linda@fraziers.co.uk) Accounts Robert Grant (rob@fraziers.co.uk) Logistics & Sales Edward Whitehill (edward@fraziers.co.uk) Sales Steve Barber (steveb@fraziers.co.uk) Receptionist Mandy Leyland (mandy@fraziers.co.uk) Warehouse / Despatch Paul Betteley Graham Sly Mark Skinner

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FRANCE
Alsace...............................................................58 Beaujolais.........................................................47 Bordeaux..........................................................27 Burgundy..........................................................34 Chablis .............................................................44 Champagne......................................................12 Loire .................................................................45 Regional ...........................................................54 Rhone...............................................................50 Sparkling ..........................................................21

NEW WORLD
Australia ...........................................................75 Argentina ..........................................................90 California ..........................................................95 Chile .................................................................98 New Zealand ..................................................105 South Africa ...................................................112 Sparkling ..........................................................21 Tasmania ..........................................................89 Uruguay..........................................................120

THE REST OF EUROPE


Austria ..............................................................72 England ............................................................73 Germany...........................................................71 Italy...................................................................65 Spain ................................................................59 Romania ...........................................................74 Sparkling ..........................................................21

MIDDLE EAST
Lebanon .........................................................103

SPECIALITIES
Dessert Wines ................................................121 Jeroboams .....................................................125 Magnums .......................................................126 Half & Quarter Bottles ....................................128 Organic Wines................................................133 Port & Vintage Port ........................................140 Liqueurs .........................................................155 Madeira & Marsala .........................................147 Malt Whisky....................................................148 Cognac & Armagnac......................................150 Sherry.............................................................138 Speciality Spirits ............................................152 Rose at a Glance............................................134 Terms & Conditions........................................158

The new wine catalogue

2011/2012

2011 / 2012
Welcome to our new catalogue, we hope it is received with as much enthusiasm as the last one!
All of our new wines are featured with a re wax seal and highlighted as new, these have all been carefully selected by our team and we think they represent the current tastes of the new generation of wine drinkers. This new catalogue has a separate price list which gives the prices to all of the wines in the catalogue on the corresponding pages, this is constantly updated and therefore, upon request we can send you an up to date list whenever you require one. This new format has come about because of the government constantly changing the alcohol duty rates and therefore our prices were constantly changing - with the new catalogue you still have all the information on our services and wines but can keep a separate up to date price list at all times. We also have our new Fine Bordeaux Catalogue which features the new 2009 vintage which has received rave reviews, along with all the other classic vintages from the Bordeaux region of France, if you would like to receive one of these then please let us know. We are able to give expert advice on any wines, be it for a party, special occasion or just for everyday consumption.

Your good health!!

John LR Frazier
Managing Director

SERVICES
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Services
ADVICE
Our team have gained great experience over the years and have a vast knowledge of the wines on our list, if you would like any help on discussing your requirements then we would be pleased to oblige.

TASTING
We hold an annual wine tasting, usually near christmas for all of our customers which is attended by overseas suppliers. We can also conduct smaller tastings and talks for local organisations, please enquire for a quotation on your requirements.

WINE LISTS
Wine lists can be produced in any style to suit your establishment and we can advise on lay-outs. Lists can be laminated or placed in leather holders.

OWN LABELLING
If required we are able to personalise your house wines with your own unique label, please contact your representative for a quotation.

STAFF TRAINING
If you would like to familiarise your staff with any of the wines we select then we can arrange in-house training.

WEDDINGS & PARTIES


All of our experienced staff are able to advise you on quantities for any private functions and we can recommend some first class caterers.

SALE OR RETURN
On large party orders we are able to offer a sale or return service, any amount of unopened bottles of wine can be returned, however only full cases of minerals and beers can be accepted and a collection charge may be added if more than 50% of the total order is returned.

GLASSES
Glasses are available for hire free of charge providing all wines have been purchased from Fraziers there is a deposit of 1.95 per glass, credited on return, any broken glasses are charged at 1.95 and glasses returned dirty incur a cleaning charge of 2.50 per dozen. Glasses are checked and despatched in a clean condition but may require polishing before use.

DELIVERY
Delivery of 5 or more cases ( 12 bottles per case ) or equivilent is free of charge within the midlands area. A small order surcharge is imposed for any orders under the minimum.

SERVICES

SPIRITS, BEER AND MINERALS


We stock a full range of spirits and have one of the largest selections of liqueurs in the midlands, we also stock bottled and canned beers, ciders and lagers. Mineral waters and a selecton of soft drinks and mixers are also held at our warehouse. Please ask your sales contact for a list of any of the above.

CIGARETTES AND CIGARS


A full range of cigarettes and cigars, also fine cigars are stocked and we can arrange for humidors to be placed at suitable outlets for the sale of fine cigars.

GIFT PACKS
Wines can be packaged in a selection of gift boxes, from single bottles up to twelve bottles these make ideal gifts and are very popular at christmas.

PARCEL DESPATCH SERVICE


Wines can be despatched to any part of the UK at competitive rates, they are despatched in a postal approved package and can be tracked over the internet, prices vary from single bottle cartons up to twelve bottle cases, please contact us for a quote on your requirements.

EN PRIMEUR
We offer wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone on an En-Primeur basis, which is proving to be a very popular investment. If you wish to purchase En-Primeur you will pay for the goods up-front and then they will be shipped from France approximately 18 months after the release date. Once they arrive in the UK you will be notified and when you have the wines delivered you will be charged for the Duty, Shipping and VAT on the original purchase price of the wine. Alternatively you can leave it under bond in our secure depot in Buxton, Derbyshire where it is kept in perfect storage conditions - storage charges will apply annually.

CELLAR VALUATIONS
If you have a number of wines that you would like to have valued in your cellar then please contact us, we have an experienced team with expert knowledge that can assist you - we can also purchase old wines at competitive rates or arrange to sell them for you (commission will apply) at auctions.

ITS NOT IN THE LIST ???


Although our list is extensive we appreciate that sometimes you will have a favourite wine that you prefer, if at all possible we will try and obtain these ( by the case ) for you or try and advise you of the best possible alternative from our list.

PARTY WINES
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Party Wines
We are always asked to recommend wines for a party and here we list some ideal wines in different price bands that will suit most palates.

Wines under 5.00


White
Ladera Verde Sauvignon Blanc PInot Grigio Amanti del Vino Los Vilos Chardonnay Wide River Chenin Blanc Vicuna Sauvignon Semillon

Red
Ladera Verde Merlot Pleno Tempranillo Stirling Hills Shiraz Cabernet Wide River Shiraz Vicuna Cabernet Merlot

Wines under 6.00


White
Terres DAzur Sauvignon Blanc Pinot Grigio Ca Solare Richmond Ridge Semillon Chardonnay Spier Colours Chenin Blanc

Red
Terres DAzur Merlot Arjona Navajas Rioja Richmond Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Alto Pampas Reserve Malbec

Rose
Chateau Mayne-Cabanot Rose Angels Flight White Zinfandel Pinot Grigio Ca Solare Rose Marques de Caceres Rosado

Sparkling and Champagne recommendations


Sparkling
Pongracz Brut Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

Champagne
Fraziers Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale

Rose Sparkling
Castell DOlerdola Rose Cava Jansz Rose

Rose Champagne
Baron de Beaupre Rose Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale Rose

Wine Guide
Taste Guide
All the wines in our list have been given a taste guide to enable you to select the ideal wine to suit your palate.

WINE GUIDE

Red Wines
A = Light B = Medium Light C = Medium Bodied D = Full Bodied E = Rich & Heavy

White Wines
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = = = = = = = = = Very Dry Dry Off Dry Medium Dry Medium Medium Sweet Sweet Rich Luscious

Wine Temperatures
Wines undoubtedly benefit from being served at the correct temperature, by observing the correct temperatures you can turn wine from ink into velvet, get it wrong and it can turn zest in to flab. Opposite we list the ideal temperatures to serve your wine. It is important to let your wine breathe before serving, the new screwcap closures can cause a slight bottle stink (musty smell on opening ) but this can be stopped from tainting the wine by just waiting for a few seconds before pouring the wine, this allows it to escape.

Wine Style

Whites Light Sweeter whites ............................... 5 Sparkling wines ....................................... 6 Light, aromatic whites ............................. 8 Full, sweet whites.................................... 8 Medium bodied whites ............................ 10 Light dry whites ....................................... 10 Full dry whites ......................................... 12

Ideal serving temperature

10C 10C 10C 12C 12C 12C 16C 12C 12C 12C 16C

Reds Sparkling reds ......................................... 10 Light reds ................................................ 10 Medium reds ........................................... 10 Full, rich reds........................................... 12

Vintage Guide
Year 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 Red Bordeaux ***** **** *** **** ***** **** ***** *** **** ***** *** **** *** **** **** *** *** ** ** ***** ***** White Bordeaux ***** **** **** **** ***** **** ***** *** *** **** *** **** **** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

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Very Good *****


White Burgundy **** *** **** *** ***** **** *** **** **** *** **** **** **** *** *** *** *** **** ** **** *****

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Average **
Northern Rhone **** ***** **** **** **** **** ***** ** *** *** *** ***** **** **** **** *** ** * ** ***** *** Southern Rhone **** ***** **** **** ***** **** **** ** *** *** *** **** *** **** ***** ** ** * * ***** ***

Poor *
Alsace 2009 **** *** *** *** ***** *** *** **** **** ***** *** **** ***** **** *** *** *** * *** ***** *****

Beaujolais Cru **** *** *** *** ***** **** ***** ** ** ***** **** *** ** *** **** *** ** * *** **** ****

Wine Faults
Corked Wine
A wine is corked when it has been in contact with a cork infected with a fungus that produces trichloroanisole, otherwise known as TCA. It is this chemical, rather than the fungus itself, that imparts the unpalatable flavours to the wine, cork taint continues to spoil up to 5% of all bottles of wine although screwcap closures have gone someway to alleviating this problem. A corked wine is not one with bits of cork in it, corked wine may appear fruitless, a little unbalanced, uninteresting, but without any definite signs of cork taint. More obviously corked wine has aromas of wet cardboard, mushrooms or mould.

WINE FAULTS
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Cooked Wine
When a wine is exposed to high temperatures, the liquid expands and several things may happen. It may force the cork from the neck of the bottle, pushing it up under the capsule. Or the wine may expand and leak around the cork. In either case, when the liquid cools it will contract, and this may result in air seeping in around the cork leading to a further problem, oxidation. Cooked wines won't have any freshness to the fruit aromas or flavours - instead you'll get a stewed, prune-like profile. If you're getting blackcurrants and fresh summer fruits, for example, then you haven't got a cooked wine. On the palate, the wine often seems thin, lacking body and character.

Oxidation
Oxygen is thought to be important in the development of wine. The interaction between the wine and the small amount of air behind the cork, over many years, may be one of the mechanisms by which wine develops when in the bottle. It may even involve minuscule amounts of air seeping past the cork over time. Should the wine come into free contact with oxygen, however, whether during careless winemaking, or due to a faulty cork, oxidation will rapidly ruin the wine. Oxygen is an aggressive element, and will interact with most substances, resulting in their degradation. Fruitless wines with a flavour resembling old and worn out Madeira or Sherry may well be oxidised.

Sulphur
A commonly used preservative, the addition of sulphur dioxide is practiced by many winemakers. It can help stabilise the wine during the winemaking process and thereafter. Although an excessive amount of sulphur will produce fairly characteristic aromas and flavours. A wine that reminds you of mothballs, burnt matches or burnt rubber has probably been subjected to a heavy dose of sulphur dioxide.

Sediments and Crystals


Neither of these are true faults, but both have the potential to spoil the experience unless they are understood. Sedimentation within the bottle is a natural occurrence in many wines, generally those designed to withstand some ageing, and it simply reflects the solid matter settling out of the wine. These wines should be decanted. The most common crystals found in wine are tartrate crystals, and these are often found adherent to the underside of the cork, or in free suspension. Wines that have been cold stabilised by the winemaker have been chilled in order to bring these crystals out of solution so that they may be removed. If this is not done, they may form later in the bottle, especially if kept in a cold cellar. They are of no concern, although they are again unpleasant if taken into the mouth, particularly if large when they may be mistaken for shards of glass.

WINE CHARACTERISTICS

Wine Characteristics
Reds
Mouth-watering, sweet-sour with rasping herby bite and red fruit flavours. Juicy, fruity, refreshing, approachable and delicious. Intense and blackcurranty. Italian wines such as a Valpolicella, Chianti or Primitivo. Chilean Merlot or Argentinian Malbec.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Shiraz or a Bordeaux wine. Fleurie, any Beaujolais, Pinot Noir an Australian Tarrango or Rioja. Australian Shiraz, a Syrah or any wine from Cotes du Rhone.

Silky, strawberryish, mellow, perfumed wine with red fruit flavours. Spicy, warm-hearted, gloriously rich flavours of berries, black pepper and chocolate.

Whites
Green, tangy, sharp and gooseberryish. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a Pouilly Fume from the Loire Valley. Sancerre, Muscadet, Soave or a Verdicchio. Any Australian Chardonnay, a Semillon or a blend of Semillon Chardonnay. White Burgundy such as a Chablis or a Montagny. Alsace wines, Gewurztraminers, Argentinian Torrontes or an Australian Viognier. Sauternes, Botrytis Semillon or any good dessert wine.

Bone dry, neutral, crisp and refreshing.

Ripe, toasty with peaches, apricots, tropical fruits and lush richness. Intense, nutty, dry yet succulent and powerful. Aromatic, perfumey wines with exotic floral fragrances.

Golden, sweet, luscious apricot and peach flavours.

WINE WITH FOOD


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Wine with food


Red Wine
Tannic, mouth watering sweetsour wines. Rich game dishes, roast or grilled red meats, hearty stews.

White Wine
Ripe, toasty wines. Grilled salmon or tuna, chicken in creamy sauces, rabbit. Plain grilled white fish, roast chicken, rich buttery sauces.

Juicy, fruity wines.

Grilled meats, fried chicken, Indian and Tex-Mex, barbeques and pasta bolognese.

Intense, nutty wines.

Intense, blackcurranty wines.

Lamb, venison, duck or goose.

Green, tangy wines.

Anything in tomato sauce, Indian, shellfish, Asian cuisine. Plain shellfish, all fish, salads.

Silky, strawberryish wines.

Red meats in rich sauces, roast game birds.

Bone dry, neutral wines.

Spicy, warmhearted wines.

Most stews, steaks, hard cheeses, chilli con carne.

Aromatic wines.

Thai & Chinese cuisine, smoked fish, duck or goose and rich pates. Chicken with sauces, potted crab, lobster.

Soft, delicate wines.

Lasagne, tomato dishes,cold meats, salamis.

Rich, lush, fullbodied wines.

FOREIGN CUISINE

Wine with foreign cuisine


With Britain now a multi-cultural society we have seen an influx of restaurants specialising in their own cuisines. It is often difficult enough to match wines with well known dishes, let alone dishes that are somewhat more exclusive, and often only enjoyed on special occasions, it could ruin the meal if the wrong wine was selected, and whilst there is no single choice of wine which must be drunk with a certain dish, there are nevertheless some which are a better match than others. To help you in your selection we have listed below some ideal wines to accompany your choice of dish.

Thai:

Aromatic and spicy flavours combine well with a crisp, dry white wine such as Gewurztraminer or zesty wines like a Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, unwooded Chardonnay or a robust red, such as Shiraz with beef dishes. With seasonings that include ginger, garlic and soy and oyster sauces with a mix of sweet and sour flavours a wine that is spicy and fruity, possibly an Alsace wine or a low tannin red wine like a Grenache for duck dishes would be good choices. Bitter and vinegar ingredients are common, therefore, avoid acidic wines and utilize dry, fruity whites or sparkling wines. Heavier dishes like tempura require fuller, fruity wines such as red Chinon, a white Sancerre, Brut Champagne or a manzanilla sherry. Ingredients of curry, coconut, cumin, creamy or milk based sauces. These combine deliciously with low-tannin, fruity wines with very little oak, try a Merlot or a Shiraz. Figs, raisins, nuts and tumeric are common ingredients here. They marry up well with soft fruity reds like Fleurie or a new world Pinot Noir and whites such as an Australian Semillon Chardonnay or Chilean Sauvignon Semillon. Chilli dominated cuisine that can affect your palate is best coupled with a spicy wine that has a touch of residual sugar. Chilled fruity whites, a red Beaujolais Cru or an Australian Tarrango ( chilled ) would also work well. These are generally bold dishes and need a confident, forward wine such as a New World Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Chinese:

Japanese:

Indian:

Middle Eastern:

Mexican:

Pacific Rim & Fusion:

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Champagne
Champagne is perhaps one of the most famous wines in the world, everybody knows about the sparkling wine Champagne - it is indeed an amazing drink but did you know that Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France and is made in the traditional way, from sanctioned grape varieties. The word Champagne comes from the Roman for Campania or field. The Romans dug material for their buildings and roads out of the chalk found in the Champagne region, leaving miles of caves, called crayeres some as deep as 300ft. These have since sheltered millions of bottles of Champagne. Over 330million bottles are produced every year. One quarter of the British drink four times as much Champagne each year as does the entire population of the United States of America. Until 1850, all Champagne was sweet. Chilling Champagne helps to reduce the pressure tremendously.

Three be the things I shall never attain envy, content and sufficient champagne!
Dorothy Parker

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Dirt produces bubbles - dust particles in the glass, or strands from the dish towel used to dry it, encourages more vigorous bubbles. The wire basket that covers the cork is called a muselet. A popped Champagne cork can travel at 62 miles per hour. The longest recorded Champagne cork flight was 177ft, 9inches, at a height of 4ft from ground level at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.

Styles of Champagne
Non Vintage Although based on a single year is mostly a blend of two or more vintages, most Champagnes are sold as brut which is dry, but not bone dry, interestingly extra dry denotes a style that is less dry than brut. A French term that means "white of whites", and is used to designate Champagnes made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes Made from grapes of a single vintage and only in the best years, these show greater richness and depth as well as a more individual character than the non-vintage. Made using black grapes, or more often than not, by adding a little still red wine into the white Champagne. The king of Champagnes made from the finest grapes of the finest vintages, always the most expensive, packaged in stylish bottles and has the possibility to age for 30 to 40 years and still be a delight to consume.

Blanc de Blancs Vintage

Rose Prestige

Bottle sizes
Magnum Jeroboam Rehoboam Methuselah 2 bottles 4 bottles 6 bottles 8 bottles Salmanazar Balthazar 12 bottles 16 bottles

And the king of them all... Nebuchadnezzar 20 bottles

Non Vintage
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FRAZIER'S HOUSE CHAMPAGNE


Our house Champagne, superb for any party! Delicate vanilla and biscuity flavours, fine mousse and nice refreshing acidity on the finish. (1)

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BARON DE BEAUPRE CHAMPAGNE


Our own label champagne which has been a real success with our customers. Crisp, clean fruit with style and elegance. Tremendous value! (1)

AYALA BRUT MAJEUR


Pinot Noir gives this wine richness and a long finish while Chardonnay, from the finest soils of the Cotes des Blancs, adds delicacy, liveliness and freshness. Pinot Meunier, mainly from the Marne Valley, gives this wine a lovely fruitiness and roundness. A beautiful, rich wine with appealing mousse and crisp, lively finish. (2)

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JOSEPH PERRIER CUVEE ROYALE BRUT


Bright, pale yellow. On the nose, there are abundant, ripe orchard fruits, particularly pear, with a hint of spices. Incisive Chardonnay on entry, then fine, mature Pinot Noir and Meunier fruit on the mid-palate. (1)

LANSON BLACK LABEL N/V


Superb example from this famous Champagne house, ideal for that extra special occasion! (1)

POL ROGER WHITE FOIL N/V


Elegant fruit with lovely crispness. Delicious!!! (1)

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LAURENT-PERRIER BRUT
The flagship of Laurent-Perrier, this Champagne embodies the house style, deliciously fresh and easy to drink, delicate yet complex nose, with hints of citrus fruit, and a balanced palate. (1)

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MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL N/V


One of the most popular brands of Champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

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LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT PREMIER


Clean dry wine with great finesse - always rated highly. (1)

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VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN YELLOW LABEL BRUT


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character and a touch of black pepper, and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

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VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN WHITE LABEL DEMI - SEC


Full flavoured, rich with a larger dosage of sugar than the Yellow Label Brut, leading to a slightly sweeter taste on the palate. (2)

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'R' de RUINART BRUT


A good, meaty, biscuity, Pinot-influenced nose. Full, bright, leafy, red berry fruit on the palate, with a firm mousse and lovely vanilla creamy character. (2)

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BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVEE (VERY DRY)


Pale golden in colour with yeasty aromas on the nose. Very dry but with toasty flavours in the mouth. Round and richly flavoured, full-bodied and mature, with perfect balance between firmness and freshness, length equal to its richness, and with a persistent fine bead. (1)

Blanc de Blancs
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RUINART BLANC de BLANCS


Aromas of dried white fruits. This has a very firm structure on the palate though, slightly creamy, gentle blanc de blancs style but there is lots of substance underneath. Warm and rounded on the finish. Very appealing. (2)

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Vintage
CHAM0009 JOSEPH PERRIER VINTAGE 1999
This amber gold champagne is rich with the sparkle of a classic vintage. Its intricate bubble structure is a ballet of myriad everdancing bubbles. Its fragrances are rich with suggestion. After the scents of black berries and undergrowth, come the emanations of pineapples, candied lychees, old rum and fresh vanilla. (1)

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JOSEPH PERRIER VINTAGE BLANC DE BLANCS 2002


To celebrate their 185th year, JP has released their first vintage Blanc de blancs from Premier and Grand cru vineyards. With a floral fragrance of acacia, honeysuckle and jasmin added to touches of lime, broom and hyacinth, the fresh character of the nose is made yet more complex with notes of honey. Fruity and welcoming, with touches of butter and delicate citrus. It has tremendous breeding, elegance and concentration, great length, yet with a lightness of touch which is the mark of a truly great champagne. (1)

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ARMAND DE BRIGNAC BLANC DE BLANCS


Delicate, light and clear, dry and crisp with notes of young Chardonnay fruit and floral accents. Aromas of vanilla, citrus fruits and apricots and a lingering finish. (1)

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MOET & CHANDON BRUT VINTAGE 2000


Graphite, vanilla, candied berry and gingerbread notes combine in this firm, lively Champagne. Elegant and supple, with a chalk-like sensation on the finish. (2)

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POL ROGER BRUT VINTAGE 1999


Fine vintage style with a beautiful richness, fruit depth, impeccable balance, even finer with age. (1)

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VEUVE CLICQUOT VINTAGE BRUT 2002


A blend of about twenty Premiers and Grands Crus, the Vintage has the power of Pinot Noir, balanced by the finesse and elegance of Chardonnay. It is the perfect expression of the House style, proving that Champagne can be a great wine and, as such, makes a perfect accompaniment for many dishes, developing its qualities as the years go by. (1)

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BOLLINGER GRANDE ANNEE 1999


Dry and full-bodied with fine mousse and flavours of crushed biscuits and nuts on the palate. (1)

Prestige Cuvee
CHAM0011 JOSEPH PERRIER CUVEE JOSEPHINE 1995
The prestige cuvee of Joseph Perrier. Biscuity and elegant nose with lovely ripe fruits on the palate. (1)

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MOET & CHANDON DOM PERIGNON 2000/2002


This impressive blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has a backbone of crisp, lemony acidity which should see it through the next decade and beyond as it ages in the bottle. (1)

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POL ROGER CUVEE WINSTON CHURCHILL 1995


Sir Winston Churchill's favourite tipple. Charm, style, elegance, refinement and complexity with an earthy nuttiness and fine balance. (1)

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KRUG GRAND CUVEE


Exquisite quality, a blend of several vintages with elegance length and age. Up to 50 wines make up this blend. (1)

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PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOCHE 2002


A very bright, clean and lemony nose with a touch of mineral. Very well defined, vivacious, cleanly styled, crisp and dominated by Chardonnay character (despite it only accounting for half the blend). Floral, but with good substance, vigorous and overall very convincing. (1)

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LOUIS ROEDERER CRISTAL 2002


One of the best quality champagnes, exquisite Chardonnay fruit shines through, very elegant. Very limited quantities available. (1)

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ARMAND de BRIGNAC ACE of SPADES CHAMPAGNE


Produced in the traditional, old-world style, a complex, full-bodied, fresh and lively bouquet, with a sumptuous, racy fruit character perfectly integrated with the wines subtle brioche accents. (1)

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Rose Champagne
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Fine pink colour and mousse, quite intense aroma, soft fruit flavours with a fresh, dry finish. (2)

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JOSEPH PERRIER ROSE


Made from 80% Chardonnay. This Elegant Rose has delicate strawberry notes, fine mousse and fresh, dry flavours. (1)

LANSON ROSE
A ros champagne with a beautiful pure colour with pale salmon touches. On the nose aromas of roses and fruit predominate, with discrete notes of red fruit. (1)

MOET & CHANDON BRUT ROSE N/V


Lovely rose petal colour. Good weight of Chardonnay fruit, with an elegant finish. (1)

TAITTINGER BRUT ROSE NV


Velvety wine of fine balance and body, subtle flavours of fresh fruit, brilliant pink, shimmering and intense with fine bubbles and persistent mousse. (2)

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BOLLINGER ROSE
The special non-vintage rose is the first wine to come from Bollinger for more than 30 years. This non-vintage has been modelled on its Special Cuvee blend, combining the fruits of previous harvests with reserve wines from their cellars in Ay. The final component-which provides the pink colour and delicate aromas, is a proportion of still red which comes from Bollingers Grand Cru vineyards. (1)

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CHAM0017

Vintage & Prestige Rose


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VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSE N/V


Veuve Clicquot's first ever NV rose Champagne, although Veuve Clicquot was the first house to commercialise pink Champagne in 1775, the decision was not taken until 2000 to actually produce a rose style NV Champagne themselves. Delicate pale pink, flavours of raspberries, strawberries and cherries and soft refreshing mousse. This is quite simply the perfect aperitif for any occassion! (2)

RUINART ROSE
Ruinart Rose is a fine, elegant champagne with the distinctive Ruinart taste due to a high concentration of Chardonnay grapes. A beautiful colour of pinkish gold. A smooth, balanced, fruity wine with plenty of body. An ideal evening aperitif. (2)

NUEVO EAU UV

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LAURENT PERRIER CUVEE ROSE BRUT


Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes this Champagne is a glorious pink colour with rounded fruit flavours and is not only a superb aperitif, but also a good match for a variety of different dishes. (1)

JOSEPH PERRIER VINTAGE ROSE 2002


To celebrate 185 years, this is JP's first vintage rose. The bubbles rise like ballet dancers light, elegant and persistent! An aroma of small red fruits excites the senses, overlaid with floral notes of violets and wallflowers and a hint of wild plums. This vintage Rose fills the mouth with delicious ripe red fruits, followed by a glorious finish, it is rich and staggeringly intense. (1)

MOET & CHANDON DOM PERIGNON ROSE 1996


Light dry cherries on the nose, with smoke, toast and just a hint of earth. Rose petals and Pinot fruit lead the charge on a pinpoint mousse. A beam of steel runs through the whole thing lending it dignity and structure. An intricate and powerfully delicate champagne. (2)

ARMAND DE BRIGNAC ROSE


A beautiful salmonhued wine with aromas of fresh strawberries and blackcurrant. The bouquet is rich, with red fruits in front and lightly smoky grilled notes behind, long finish. (2)

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Champagne Magnums
CHAM0006 JOSEPH PERRIER N/V
Fresh and delicate with good fruit. Pale straw in colour. This family run house consistently produces one of the best value Champagnes. Made from a third Chardonnay and two thirds black grapes and aged for at least three years. (1)

champagne

CHAM0021

LANSON BLACK LABEL N/V


Superb example from this famous Champagne house, ideal for that extra special occasion! (1)

CHAM0030

MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL N/V


One of the most popular brands of champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

CHAM0065

VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN YELLOW LABEL BRUT


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character. A touch of black pepper and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

Vintage Magnums
CHAM0009 JOSEPH PERRIER VINTAGE 1998
Pale straw colour, fresh and delicate fruit with biscuit flavours on the palate. Joseph Perrier continues to produce wines of elegance. (1)

CHAM0140

POL ROGER CUVEE WINSTON CHURCHILL 1998


Sir Winston Churchill's favourite tipple. Charm, style, elegance, refinement and complexity with an earthy nuttiness and fine balance. (1)

Rose Magnums
CHAM0010 JOSEPH PERRIER ROSE
Made from 80% Chardonnay. This Elegant Rose has delicate strawberry notes, fine mousse and fresh, dry flavours. (1)

CHAM0018

LAURENT PERRIER CUVEE ROSE BRUT


Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes this Champagne is a glorious pink colour with rounded fruit flavours and is not a only superb aperitif, but also a good match for a variety of different dishes. (1)

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Champagne Jeroboams
CHAM0070 JOSEPH PERRIER CUVEE ROYALE
Fresh and delicate with good fruit. Pale straw in colour. This family run house consistently produces one of the best value Champagnes. Made from a third Chardonnay and two thirds black grapes and aged for at least three years. (1)

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CHAM0015

LAURENT PERRIER N/V


The flagship of Laurent-Perrier, this champagne embodies the house style, deliciously fresh and easy to drink, delicate yet complex nose, with hints of citrus fruit, and a balanced palate. (1)

CHAM0029

MOET & CHANDON N/V


One of the most popular brands of Champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

CHAM0060

VEUVE CLICQUOT YELLOW LABEL BRUT N/V


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character. A touch of black pepper and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

Sparkling Wines
Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in a bottle, as with the mthode champenoise, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. Sparkling wine is usually white or ros but there are many examples of red sparkling wines such as Italian Brachetto and Australian sparkling Shiraz. The classic example of a sparkling wine is Champagne, but many other examples are produced in other countries and regions, such as Espumante in Portugal, Cava in Spain, Asti in Italy (the generic Italian term for sparkling wine being Spumante) and Cap Classique in South Africa. The French terms "Mousseux" or "Crmant" are used to refer to sparkling wine not made in the Champagne region. German and Austrian sparkling wines are called Sekt. The United States is a significant producer of sparkling wine: California in particular has seen French Champagne houses open wineries in the state to make American sparkling wine according to the Champagne method.

Remember gentlemen, its not just France we are fighting for, its Champagne!
Sir Winston Churchill

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Recently the United Kingdom, which produced some of the earliest examples of sparkling wine, has started producing Champagne-style wines again with wines like Nyetimber being ranked up there with Champagne. Excellent quality Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine is produced in New Zealand. Marlborough still produces a number of high quality sparkling wines, such as Pelorous (from Cloudy Bay), and the Montana brand, Lindauer. The Australian wine industry manages to make Methode Champenoise wines of serious quality at prices that would make Champagne producers turn as green as their unripe grapes. Fruity, generous wines that can often show fine yeasty notes often associated with more expensive wines, typify the Australian sparkling wine style. Nearly all Aussie sparklers use Champagne grape varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. An esoteric specialty that is unique to Australia is Sparkling Shiraz. This is a fruity red sparkling wine that has flavours associated with Shiraz red table wines. In Tasmania. sparkling wines are produced in the traditional bottle-fermented method. Also produced are Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir styles made exclusively of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir grapes respectively, an acid-to-fruit balance is naturally achieved on the vine. Several labels including Jansz, have gained national and international acclaim as production volume increases, and the styles continue to be refined. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry "brut" styles to sweeter "doux" varieties.

White Sparkling
France
SPAR0033 ROBE D'OR BRUT SPARKLING
Our budget price French vin mousseux, good on its own, also ideal for Bucks Fizz. (2)

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SPAR0035
NEW N O

LANGLOIS BRUT CREMANT DE LOIRE


Sparkling wine of the Loire valley, elegant and fresh, creamy and juicy and has fine, steady bubbles. (3)

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Italy
SPAR0005 ASTI SPUMANTE CA' SOLARE
Our house Asti. Delicious ripe fruit. Serve chilled with strawberries! (5)

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PROSECCO VETRIANO
Delightfully floral and fruity scents, soft and round with an enduring mousse and fine finish. (2)

ASTI SPUMANTE MARTINI


Italy's best known sparkler. Sweet, serve chilled. (4)

PROSECCO DI VALDOBBIADENE CA VITTORIA


Delightfully floral and fruity scents, soft and round with an enduring mousse and good finish. (3)

Spain
SPAR0015 C d'O BRUT RESERVA
Our house Cava - fine sparkle and ripe complex aromas. Soft and dry with clean and lively fruit flavour. (2)

SPARKLING

SPAR0014

FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO


Spain's best known Cava - Well made, reliable. (2)

Australia
SPAR0029 SUNNYCLIFF BRUT
Lovely weight of ripe citrus fruit - one of the best sparkling wines we have tasted from down under. (2)

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NEW N O

BROWN BROTHERS ZIBIBBO


Lifted aromas of fresh passionfruit and melon. Zibibbo is bursting with bubbles and summer fruit flavours with a clean, stylish finish. This sparkling wine will make any occasion a celebration. (3)

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YALUMBA ANGAS BRUT


Bursting with honey fruit flavours with a smooth creamy texture, fine bubble and a crisp, dry finish. (2)

DUNES CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR SPARKLING


A bottle fermented sparkling wine which has spent time on its lees which produces elegant strawberry aromas and a lively, fresh, creamy mouthfeel on the palate. Perfect for any celebration! (2)

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GREEN POINT SPARKLING


This wine has a creamy and soft front palate, which continues to a lingering dry finish. Flavours of white peach, honey and roasted nuts blend harmoniously to create a complex wine with a refreshing finish. (2)

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New Zealand
SPAR0016 LINDAUER BRUT MONTANA
One of the very best New World sparklers - full ripe fruit. (2)

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SPAR0030

PELORUS N/V
Chardonnay grapes grown in Marlborough's Wairau valley, fresh apple, crisp with good yeast complexity, one of the finest new world sparkling wines. (2)

SPAR0031

PELORUS VINTAGE
From the Cloudy Bay stable, Pelorus is produced by the traditional method from a blend of the classic varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Aged three years on yeast lees, it is a complex, richly flavoured style - quintessence of Marlborough. (2)

Tasmania
SPAR0050 JANSZ TASMANIAN PREMIUM SPARKLING
Tasmanian sparkler with aromas of stonefruits, almonds and bread dough, culminating in a wonderful soft, rich creamy finish. (2)

South Africa
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PONGRACZ BRUT SPARKLING


This Cap Classique as elegant as it is stylish, is composed of two noble varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It has a wonderful foaming mousse and persistent bead with a classic yeast and biscuit character that culminates in a full, fruity finish. Its crisp green apple tones and baked bread nuttiness sets it apart from other Methode Cap Classiques. (2)

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NUEVO EAU UV
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Argentina
SPAR0020 PAMPAS DEL SUR SPARKLING EXTRA BRUT
Delicate and fresh sparkler with a nice pink hue and persistent bubbles. (2)

England
SPAR0045 NYETIMBER CLASSIC SPARKLING
Rich and full flavoured, yet soft with hints of strawberry on the nose and palate. (2)

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PONGRACZ DESIDERIUS
The charismatic signature Methode Cap Classique, is so delightfully elegant, it has been lauded a sparkling wine to rival French Champagne. A symphony of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, its grace and exceptional character is fitting testament to the visionary nobleman who inspired it. It has rich complexity with a classic yeast character from the slow maturation on the lees and a wonderful creamy, nutty quality with a long, lingering palate. (2)

Rose Sparkling
France
SPAR0037
NEW N O

SPARKLING

LANGLOIS CREMANT DE LOIRE BRUT ROSE


Lovely delicate sparkling Rose from the Loire valley, hints of raspberries fill the palate with a smooth and creamy finish. (3)

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Italy
SPAR0006 VETRIANO PINOT GRIGIO ROSE SPUMANTE
Fresh and lively with nice hints of strawberries and raspberries, with a soft delicate finish. (4)

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Spain
SPAR0019 CASTELL d'OLERDOLA BRUT ROSADO CAVA
Strawberry notes and lovely fresh red berry flavours with a nice fresh, dry finish. (3)

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RABOSO ROSATO SPUMANTE BRUT ROSE


Lively strawberry flavours, a hint of sweetness on the palate and nice refreshing mousse. (3)

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CODORNIU PINOT NOIR ROSE


Revolutionary, striking, stylish and very pink! Codorniu Pinot Noir has aromas of raspberries, strawberries and a subtle citrus flavour. (3)

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Australia
SPAR0012 BIRD IN HAND SPARKLING PINOT NOIR ROSE
Grown in the cool climate Adelaide hills town of Woodside this lovley cherry red colour rose is light and delicate and has a creamy texture with subtle strawberry aromas, (2)

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SPARKLING
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SPAR0225
NEW N O

BROWN BROTHERS ZIBIBBO ROSA


Zibibbo Rosa is a beautiful pale pink colour and shows lifted aromas of strawberries and summer fruits. On the palate this vibrant sparkling has characters of strawberries and watermelon followed by a clean fresh finish. (3)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

New Zealand
SPAR0018 MONTANA LINDAUER ROSE
Delicate strawberry fruit with subtle toasty flavour, balanced with fine sparkle. (3)

Tasmania
SPAR0053 JANSZ TASMANIAN PREMIUM SPARKLING ROSE
Jansz Premium NV Rose is vibrant delicate pink in colour with a fine persistent bead, notes of turkish delight and delicate rose petal florals, with fresh cream and nougat. This wine is rich with the creaminess of the mousse while the Pinot contributes strawberry notes that fill the palate, giving a nice refreshing finish. (2)

South Africa
SPAR0235
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California
SPAR0009 BERINGER SPARKLING ROSE
Full of ripe red berry flavours, lush and a slightly sweeter taste than most Rose Sparklers. (5)

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PONGRACZ ROSE
This is a timeless and elegant Cap Classique composed in the classic French style of the noble varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This enticing Rose enthrals with a wonderful foamy mouthful of blackberry fruit flavours and delicate yeasty tones that linger long on the palate. (2)

Bordeaux
The history of Bordeaux wine spans almost 2000 years to Roman times when the first vineyards were planted. In the Middle Ages, the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine opened the Bordeaux region to the English market and eventually to the world's stage. The name Bordeaux derives from the French au bord de l'eau which means "along the waters" and makes reference to the Gironde estuary and its tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers which play a pivotal role in the history and success of this region. During the 13th century, the Graves was the principal wine region of Bordeaux. While there were some vines growing in the Entre-deux-mers, Saint-milion and Blaye, the Mdoc during this period was virtually a barren marshland. In the seventeenth century, Dutch traders began to drain the marshland around the Mdoc and encouraged the planting of vineyards. From 1875-1892 almost all Bordeaux vineyards were ruined by Phylloxera infestations. The region's wine industry was rescued by grafting native vines on to pest-resistant American rootstock.

Burgundy for Kings, Champagne for Duchesses, Claret for Gentlemen.


French Proverb

BORDEAUX

All Bordeaux vines that survive to this day are a product of this action. Some grape varieties responded better to the grafting then others and these varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle-became Bordeaux leading grapes. Due to the lucrative nature of this business, other areas in France began growing their own wines and labeling them as Bordeaux products. As profits in the Aquitaine region declined, the vignerons demanded that the government impose a law declaring that only produce from Bordeaux could be labelled with that name. The INAO or Institut National des Appellations d'Origine was created for this purpose In 1936, the government responded to the appeals from the winemakers and stated that all regions in France had to name their wines by the place in which they had been produced. Labelled with the AOC approved stamp, products were officially confirmed to be from the region that it stated.

One of the many vineyards in the Medoc region

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Bordeaux Wine Districts


Medoc
The Mdoc is situated north of the town of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Gironde. Mdoc is divided in two parts, the Haut-Mdoc in the south, near the town, and the north part traditionally called Mdoc. The wines are delicate, medium coloured, fine and elegant; often tannic when young, harmonious and splendid when matured. Grands crus classs in Mdoc count for 25% of the vineyards, 20% of the production and about 50% of the sales. However none sells under the Mdoc appellation but HautMdoc. The area is famous for the following communes Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Julien and Saint-Estphe.

I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldnt know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret!
Basil Fawlty

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Graves

The area of Graves gets its name from the soil. Graves are a mix of gravels, clay and sand carried out by the river, located just outside the town of Bordeaux. The red wines of Graves are recognisable by their garnet-red colour, rich, attractive and more robust than the other Mdoc wines. Two third of Graves wines are white. Among the best white wines in Bordeaux, they are generally fresh, fruity and dry.

Pessac-Leognan
Pessac-Lognan was detached from the Graves appellation. North of the Graves, Pessac-Lognan tends to get closer and closer to Mdoc. The terroir in Pessac-Lognan is quite exclusive. Red wines from Pessac-Lognan have a powerful bouquet. They are among the best in Bordeaux. White wines are well-structured and can age in a cellar. After 5 years they begin to express rich aromas.

St Emilion
Saint-Emilion is the oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region. The UNESCO organisation recognised the great terroir of Saint Emilion and put the site on the World Heritage List. Saint Emilion wines are considered the most robust of the Bordeaux. They are generous, very coloured, and reach their maturity quicker than other red Bordeaux.

Pomerol
Pomerol is the smallest wine producing area in the Bordeaux region. You will not find typical huge Bordeaux chateaux as in the Mdoc area. However Pomerol hosts one of the most famous of all: Ptrus. The Pomerol wine can be more robust than others in Bordeaux. They have an exclusive velvety quality and are at their best when at least 15 years old.

Bordeaux Rouge
BORD0005 CHATEAU CLUZAN BORDEAUX ROUGE 2005
Well made, ripe fruit, easy drinking claret, a great bottle buy it whilst stocks last. Excellent value. (C)

BORDEAUX

BORD0001

CHATEAU MALBAT BORDEAUX ROUGE


Easy drinking Claret with good structure of blackcurrant fruit and firm tannins. (C)

BORD0945
NEW N O

CHATEAU L'HEYRISSON BORDEAUX ROUGE 2008


Lovely blackcurrant and damson fruit flavours, good structure and slight tannins, a wonderfully easy drinking Bordeaux rouge. (C)

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Medoc
BORD0030 CHATEAU BEAUMONT HAUT MEDOC 2006
A very reliable Chateau, soft attractive fruit, fairly forward. Drink 2010 - 2016. (C)

BORD0093

VO

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NE NE

W W

CHATEAU LA ROSE DU PIN BORDEAUX ROUGE 2005


A superb quality Claret with good fruit balance and a lovely deep red colour. Very fruity on the palate, with a delicious cherry flavour. (C)

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CHATEAU PATACHE D'AUX MEDOC 2006


As ever great value. Rich and juicy on the nose with a dense, firm structure on the palate. Drink 2012 - 2019. (C)

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BORD0030

CHATEAU BEAUMONT HAUT MEDOC 2002


Fine deep colour, ripe Cabernet fruit, very attractive balance. Harmonious St Julien style Medoc, good fruit, good length and good wine. Drink 2006 - 2012 (C)

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BORD0540

CHATEAU FOURCAS HOSTEN LISTRAC MEDOC 2003


Good colour, fragrant, aromatic nose, a slight sweetness, rich ripe and soft with plenty of fruit structure. Terrific value. Drink 2007 - 2015. (C)

BORD0028

CHATEAU CARONNE ST GEMME HAUT MEDOC 2003


Supple and forward, a lovely wine with massive layers of up-front fruit and lovely soft tannins. Very good value. Drink 2007 - 2015. (C)

BORD0460

CHATEAU LIVERSAN HAUT MEDOC 2006


Under the same ownership now for 10 years and the wine is better every year. The vineyards are not far from Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste and it is extremely well priced and well worth buying. Generous red fruit and lovely fresh texture. Drink 2011 - 2018. (C)

BORD0460

CHATEAU LIVERSAN HAUT MEDOC 2002


Dense purple colour, powerful heady nose of plum and cherry. A little liquorice and spice, rich and concentrated on the palate and a long finish. Drink 2008 - 2013 (C)

BORD0093

CHATEAU PATACHE D'AUX MEDOC 2005


Owned by the Lapula family since 1964. On average the wines are 35 years old. Rich and dense on the palate with splendid, glossy fruit and firm, ripe tannins. Drink 2011 - 2018. (C)

BORD0016

CHATEAU CISSAC HAUT MEDOC 2006


A popular Chateau, very reliable, continues the recent trend of more supple wines. Well balanced cassis fruit with a firm finish. Drink 2013 - 2022. (C)

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BORD0705

CHATEAU BERNADOTTE HAUT MEDOC 2006


Excellent depth of crimson. Pepper and incense on the nose most interesting! Thick and sweet and very much better than most Haut-Medocs. Real concentration. With the tannins extremely well managed very glamorous indeed. Bravo! Note of green pepper only on the very very end. Drink 2012 - 2018. (C)

BORDEAUX

BORD0016

CHATEAU CISSAC HAUT MEDOC 2005


Very popular with our Claret lovers. The wine is superb and great value. The style is getting more supple - even a hint of feminine grace. Drink 2010 - 2023. (C)

BORD0016

CHATEAU CISSAC HAUT MEDOC 1989


Superb vintage and an excellent wine from Louis Vialard. (C)

Graves
BORD0021 CHATEAU DE GAILLAT 2000
Excellent Claret from Pierre Coste, good, soft ripe fruit. (C)

St Emilion
BORD0006 CHATEAU NAGUET MONTAGNE ST EMILION 2006
Largely composed of the Merlot grape, displays an obvious fruitiness, richness and freshness, with a gentle and delicate structure making the wine particularly charmful. (C)

BORD0025

CHATEAU FRANC BAUDRON ST EMILION 2005


Lovely cassis nose leading to a soft velvety, cherry flavoured palate with just a hint of tannins on the finish. (C)

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BORD0002

CHATEAU TEYSSIER GRAND CRU ST EMILION 2002


Spicy aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries and cassis with hints of oak. Lush and supple with smooth chocolaty tannins and a mineral note. (C)

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Fonsac
BORD0780 CHATEAU HAUT CARLES FRONSAC 2003
A new Chateau for us. Wonderful depth of colour, masses of soft, ripe fruit and long finish. 90 points from Robert Parker. - Great value. Drink 2010 - 2020. (C)

Margaux
BORD0056 CHATEAU D'ANGLUDET MARGAUX 2004
Even better than 2003 - dense texture and fine floral fruitiness. Drink 2011 - 2020. (C)

BORD0035

LES CHARMES DE KIRWAN 2004


The nose displays a bouquet that is at once fruity and floral. The mouth is both supple and generous, showing a well-balanced body. The flavours linger in the mouth, and one detects a final hint of freshness at the end. This is a wine that exhibits great harmony. (C)

BORD0056

CHATEAU D'ANGLUDET MARGAUX 2006


James Sichel continues to make lovely wine here. Most attractive, sweet plummy fruit on the nose, ripe and round on the palate. Full-bodied and firm finish will ensure the wine ages gracfully. Drink 2011 - 2020. (C)

We list all our fine Bordeaux wines in our Bordeaux catalogue - if you would like a catalogue then please contact us.

Bordeaux White
BORD0137 CHATEAU CARBONNIEUX BLANC PESSAC-LEOGNAN 2003
A blend of mainly Sauvignon and a small proportion of Semillon, delicious for early drinking. Drink 2005 - 2012. (2)

BORDEAUX

Bordeaux Rose
BORD0940
NEW N O

CHATEAU MAYNE-CABANOT ROSE 2009


Delicious rose with a nice full flavour of summer berries, a refreshing off dry style that is ideal for anytime, any place! (3)

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We list all our fine Bordeaux wines in our Bordeaux catalogue - if you would like a catalogue then please contact us.

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CHATEAU DE SOURS BORDEAUX ROSE 2008


Lovely luscious, vibrant pink colour that offers vivacious red berry fruit aromas, with hints of strawberry, bubblegum, raspberries and cream on the palate. The summer fruits are enhanced, with purity that is married beautifully to a lovely refreshing, balanced acidity and a long dry finish. (3)

NUEVO EAU UV

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Red Burgundy
Burgundy wines are either red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligot respectively and small amounts of ros and sparkling wine are also produced in the region.

If God forbade drinking, would he have made wine so good!


Armand Jean du Plessis

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Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrle (AOCs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroirconscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified from carefully delineated Grand Cru vineyards down to more non-specific regional appellations. The practice of delineating vineyards by their terroir in Burgundy go back to Medieval times, when various monasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry.

The Cote dOr is divided into two main viticultural regions, the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune, the Cote de Nuits being the more northerly of the two.

Cote de Nuits
Some of the villages of the Cote de Nuits produce some of the great wines of Burgundy. Gevrey Chambertin impresses with its combination of muscular, weighty attitude and paradoxical perfumed edge. Morey-St-Denis is a meaty, intense wine which can be superb. Chambolle-Musigny may be marked by a wonderful, floral, fragrant bouquet. Vougeot is unusual as much of the wine is classified as Grand Cru as it lies within the walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot, but only a small part of this wine is truely Grand Cru quality, at best it can be tasty, full-bodied, and a richly fruited wine. Flagey is unusual as it lies to the east of the other vineyards although their wines are wonderful and sold as Echezeaux. Vosne-Romanee has a fine set of vineyards that produce some superb wines, they are rich and creamy with sensuous textures. Nuits-St-Georges is the main town of Cote de Nuits and produces densely textured wines full of bramble fruits and with good ageing potential.

Gevrey Chambertin

BURG0019

COTES DE NUITS VILLAGES BERTAND AMBROISE 2009


Lovely, open, aromatic Pinot Noir nose with hints of cherries, medium-bodied, juicy texture with lots of red fruits. (B)

BURGUNDY

BURG0019

COTES DE NUITS VILLAGES BERTRAND AMBROISE 2005


From a small vineyard at Corgoloin at the southern end of Cote de Nuits. 100% Pinot Noir giving rich, Nuit St Georges style red and black fruits on the nose and a lovely, rich, spicy flavour on the palate. (B)

BURG0008

CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY VINCENT GIRARDIN 1999


Soft cherry and toasted oak aromas, medium-bodied in a silky texture, soft fruity style with ripe tannins and a juicy finish. (D)

BURG0021

NUITS ST GEORGES AU BAS DE COMBE JACQUES CACHEUX 2005


From vines on the Nuits-Vosne border, this is aged in 30% new oak barrels and combines the strength of Nuits with the elegance of Vosne. Beautiful blackberry and plum fruit on the nose followed by chewy, dense texture with toasty oak on the palate. (B)

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NUITS ST GEORGES BERTRAND AMBROISE 2005


Generous red berry and dark stone fruit flavours and aromas mark this robust, masculine Pinot Noir, and are offset by earth and spice notes in a vigorous, direct tannic structure. (B)

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GEVREY CHAMBERTIN CHAMPLAIN PIERRE ANDRE 2003


From one of the largest vineyards in the region. Rich red colour. A bordeaux like nose. Notes of black fruit with dry tannins which last on the finish. Medium to full-bodied. Delicious. (B)

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NUITS ST GEORGES BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


Intense, backward nose of blackberries and toasty oak, full-bodied, tannic wine with great concentration, mixture of red and black fruits and long aftertaste. Drink 2005 - 2012 (B)

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GEVREY CHAMBERTIN ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET 2006


A delightful medium-bodied Gevrey Chambertin blended from parcels which originated from three different terroirs of the village. This Gevrey has nuances of red and black fruits with subtle hints of oak and a lovely soft velvety finish. (B)

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VOSNE ROMANEE BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


Lovely open red fruits on the nose, medium-bodied but fine intensity. Very ripe tannins, harmonious and very stylish with beautiful, lingering raspberry fruit on the finish. Drink 2005 - 2010 (B)

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VOUGEOT 1er CRU LES CRAS BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


An intense nose of great finesse, fruity with floral and spicy notes. In the mouth it is rich, velvety and delightfully smooth with flavours that go on for several minutes. Drink 2005 - 2015 (B)

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VOUGEOT 1er CRU LES CRAS BETRAND AMBROISE 2009


Fine, vivid red fruits on the nose. Delicious, elegant,very ripe raspberry and redcurrant fruit on the palate, gentle tannins, sweet finish, a very harmonious wine of great class. (B)

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ECHEZEAUX JACQUES CACHEUX ET FILS 2005


This bright, dark ruby-coloured wine is superb. Rose, violet, lily, perfume, cherry, blackberry, and earth aromas lead to a full-bodied, velvety-textured, and immensely refined wine. Magnificently proportioned, balanced, and reveals creamy blackberries, candied cherries, and hints of chocolate in its complex, concentrated and pure personality. Its immensely long finish reveals a firm backbone (B)

Cote de Beaune
This area starts between Nuits St Georges and Beaune and extends southwards. The trend for producing more red wines continues although the wines are lighter and more perfumed. Further south lie the great names of white burgundy such as Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet. Aloxe-Corton produces red and white wines, the reds are muscular and savoury whereas the white are rich, intense and buttery in style. Like Vougeot the appellation is dominated by a single vineyard. Savigny-les-Beaune is the third biggest appellation by production in Cote de Beaune they produce well fruited, tasty and light, delicate wines. Chorey-les-Beaune produces mostly red wine similar to Savigny but even lighter in style. Beaune is the biggest appellation by production, the northern wines are firmer and longer lasting whilst the southern wines are softer and more forward. Pommard can make wonderful Burgundy, well structured and meaty, the second largest appellation with notable Premier Crus such as Les Epenots and Les Rugiens. Volnay is better known for its heady, perfumed and delicately textured wines they are generally lighter than most other red burgundies from the Cote dOr.

What is better than to sit at the end of the day and drink wine with friends or substitutes for friends?
James Joyce.

BURGUNDY

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COTES DE BEAUNE VILLAGES MAISON CHAMPY 2008


Delicious soft red with luscious ripe red fruits in abundance. (B)

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COTES DE BEAUNE VILLAGES LES LOMBEAUX-CHAGNOTS 2005


A classic expression of Pinot Noir, this is a medium-bodied wine with ripe, elegant red berry and cherry fruit flavours and aromas offset by notes of earth, leather and oak and sweet, supple tannins. (B)

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CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET VIEILLES VIGNES BACHEY LEGROS 06


Concentrated red fruits, especially cherries, soft, silky and wonderfully smooth. (B)

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SANTENAY 1er CRU 'CLOS ROUSSEAU' VIEILLES VIGNES LEGROS 06


Supple and elegant with ripe cherry, berry and subtle oak flavours. (B)

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SAVIGNY LES BEAUNE 1er CRU PIERRE ANDRE 2003


Lovely delicate Pinot Noir with strawberry and raspberry notes, soft and velvety. (B)

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BEAUNE 1er CRU LES EPENOTTES DOMAINE PARENT 2002


Rich cherry fruit flavours on the nose with powerful juicy red fruit flavours, a rich mouthfeel and fruity finish. (B)

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BEAUNE 1er CRU LES THEURONS MALLARD-GAULIN 2003


"Les Theurons" can be found on the hills immediately above the town, in the centre of the Beaune Premier Crus Vineyards. This superb Pinot Noir is tannic and well-built, strong in colour and with well-developed aromas. Up here the colour of the wines is less deep than further south in Burgundy and the wines smoother, and this wine reflects that. Its nose is sweet but pronounced with a whiff of small fruits and musky overtones. (B)

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ALOXE-CORTON DOMAINE PIERRE ANDRE 2004


Sumptuous yet elegant Pinot Noir with lots of black berries, energy and intensity pulsing though the long finish. (B)

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VOLNAY DOMAINE JEAN-JACQUES GIRARD 2008


Fresh red cherry aromas and a lovely, medium-bodied personality. Fleshy, intense, and with resiny cherry flavours, it displays admirable depth of fruit, a lush texture, and a long finish. (B)

POMMARD CROIX BLANCHE DOMAINE PARENT 2005


Made from 35 year old vines and matured for 16-18 months in oak barrels. Rich and seductive, deep and serious in the mouth with muscular tannin and slowly lingering flavours. (D)

BEAUNE 1er CRU CLOS du ROY BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


Aromatic strawberry and red cherry nose, very ripe, fruity wine with beautiful, succulent texture. (B)

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VOLNAY 1er CRU EN CHEVRET 2003


The nose exhales delicate aromas of ripe red summer fruit. The wine is full-bodied with supple tannins. The flavours keeps going back, it lingers deliciously in your mouth. (B)

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BEAUNE 1er CRU CLOS DES URSULES LOUIS JADOT 2005


Full, firm and rich in ripe-berry flavours, its fine, slightly earthy bouquet and long, lush finish converge in a wine perfectly balancing elegance and power. (B)

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POMMARD 1er CRU LES RUGIENS LOUIS JADOT 2005


Robust, masculine wine with rich fruit and a powerful structure, that demands bottle age to realise its full potential. (B)

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VOLNAY 1er CRU CHAMPONS MARQUIS D'ANGERVILLE 2002


The last vintage made by Jacques D'Angerville before his death in 2003. 'Big bold and unashamedly unadorned fruit- Bravo!' - Jancis Robinson. (B)

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CORTON BRESSANDES DOMAINE CHANDON de BRIAILLES 2005


The Bressandes is the most powerful of the Cortons, a wine of depth and presence. Deeply coloured for a Chandon de Briailles wine, with a nose of wild fruits when young, it slowly develops a marvelous complexity of truffle and sous-bois aromas. (2)

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White Burgundy
Burgundy is in some ways the most terroir-oriented region in France; immense attention is paid to the area of origin, and in which of the region's 400 types of soil a wine's grapes are grown. Burgundy classifications are geographically-focused. A specific vineyard or region will bear a given classification, regardless of the wine's producer. This focus is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are most prominent and producer's names often appear at the bottom in much smaller text. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand Crus, Premier Crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations.

He who loves not wine women and song, remains a fool his whole life long.
Martin Luther

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Grand Cru wines are produced from the small number of the best vineyard sites in the Cte d'Or, as strictly defined by the AOC laws. These wines are generally produced in a style meant for cellaring, and typically need to be aged a minimum of 57 years. The best examples can be kept for more than 15 years. Grand Cru wines will only list the name of the vineyard as the appellation - such as Corton or Montrachet - on the wine label, plus the Grand Cru term, but not the village name. Premier Cru wines are produced from specific vineyard sites that are still considered to be of high quality, but not as well regarded as the Grand Cru sites. These wines often should be aged 35 years, and again the best wines can keep for much longer. Premier Cru wines are labelled with the name of the village of origin, the Premier Cru status, and usually the vineyard name, for example, "Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets". Some Premier Cru wines are produced from several Premier Cru vineyards in the same village, and do not carry the name of an individual vineyard. Village appellation wines are produced from a blend of wines from supposedly lesser vineyard sites within the boundaries of one of 42 villages, or from one individual but non-classified vineyard. Wines from each different village are considered to have their own specific qualities and characteristics, and not all Burgundy communes have a village appellation. These wines can be consumed 24 years after the release date, although again some examples will keep for longer. Village wines will show the village name on the wine label, such as "Pommard", and sometimes - if applicable - the name of the single vineyard or climate where it was sourced. Several villages in Burgundy have appended the names of their Grand Cru vineyards to the original village name - hence village names such as "PulignyMontrachet" and "Aloxe-Corton". Regional appellation wines are wines which are allowed to be produced over the entire region, or over an area significantly larger than that of an individual village. At the village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru level, only red and white wines are found, but some of the regional appellations also allow the production of ros and sparkling wines as well as wines dominated by other grape varieties than Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. These appellations can be divided into three groups: AOC Bourgogne, the standard or "generic" appellation for red or white wines made anywhere throughout the region, and represent simpler wines which are still similar to the village. These wines are typically intended for immediate consumption, within 3 years after the vintage date. Subregional (sous-rgional) appellations cover a part of Burgundy larger than a village. Examples are Bourgogne Hautes-Ctes de Beaune, Bourgogne Hautes-Ctes de Nuits and Mcon-Villages. Wines of specific styles or other grape varieties include white Bourgogne Aligot (which is primarily made with the Aligot grape), red Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains (which can contain up to two thirds Gamay) and sparkling Crmant de Bourgogne.

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BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE BROCARD


Soft and rounded with elegant ripe fruit, a very good example of Aligote from our Chablis producer. (2)

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MACON CHARDONNAY JOSEPH TALMARD


Well balanced with good weight of Chardonnay fruit, an excellent, very consistent wine from Joseph Talmard. (2)

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MACON LUGNY LOUIS LATOUR


A crisp fresh young light Burgundy with lovely fruit flavours. (2)

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ST VERAN COLLOVRAY TERRIER


Exhibiting classic characteristics of St Veran with lovely peachy aromas on the nose, leading to a full, ripe and citrusy finish. The gentle acidity makes this wine a perfect match with dishes of grilled or baked fish. (2)

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MACON BLANC VILLAGES VOUCHARMES


A charming Chardonnay with an intriguingly complex character. This vibrant dry white is high quality and fragrant with mineral notes and a hint of spice, deliciously ripe, clean and memorable! (2)

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MONTAGNY CHATEAU DE LA SAULE


Fresh, attractive, with lemony Chardonnay characters and a nutty roundness with a clean finish. (2)

POUILLY FUISSE LA ROCHE VIEILLES VIGNES


Fresh and ripe spicy aromas, smooth and creamy texture, complex nutty and spicy flavours, balanced acidity and good length. (2)

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RULLY MALLARD GAULIN 2007


Good value, clean, ripe fruit and elegant with lovely balance. (2)

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MEURSAULT LOUIS LATOUR 2005


Distinctive nutty flavours, creamy and rich with full and lasting flavours. (2)

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LADOIX LES BOISVELLES PIERRE ANDRE 2006


This vineyard is next to Corton Charlemagne and represents excellent value. A hint of oak on the nose, soft and elegant with good depth of fruit and lovely balance - a super bottle! (2)

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MEURSAULT VIREUILS BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


Rich, honeyed nose, hints of new oak and peaches. Full-bodied, unctuous wine with fine balancing acidity. (2)

MEURSAULT PIERRE ANDRE 2005


Sweet smoky nose. Racy and lively, chewy finish. Quite a bit of finesse, certainly not fat on the palate but a bit richer than a Chassagne! (2)

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PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er CRU LES FOLATIERES GERARD CHAVY 2002


The most masculine and best wine in the Chavy portfolio. This wine has superb structure and real power with a long lasting, elegant finish. (2)

MEURSAULT 1er CRU LES CHARMES DOMAINE BITOUZET 2007


Rich golden colour with vanilla, honey and pears on the nose, nice almondy, vanilla flavours on the palate with style and elegance to finish. (2)

BURG0069

PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er CRU L.LATOUR 2006


Buttery and rich with a spicy exotic fruit character and a crisp balancing acidity. (2)

BURGUNDY

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PULIGNY MONTRACHET DOMAINE LOUIS CARILLON & FILS 2008


Fermented then stored in oak barrels for a year (15% new) and 6 months in steel, the 2008 Puligny is a wine of finesse and grace. The nose is rich with stone fruit and honey, with the palate comes the minerality and roundness so often found in his wines. (2)

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CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET DOMAINE LOUIS CARILLON & FILS 2007


Made from the young re-planted vines in 1er Cru Macherelles this wine is proof of the Carillon's dedication to quality in preference to short-term commercial gain. The wine exudes purity and freshness. It is matured in the same way as the Puligny but tends to have a little more of a citrus note but with all the same class. (2)

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MEURSAULT 1er CRU LES CHARMES DESSUS MICHEL BOUZEREAU 2002


Michel and his son Jean-Baptiste produce a pure, elegant style of Meursault more akin to that of Puligny. The 1er Cru Charmes is beautifully balanced with great concentration of flavour. (2)

PULIGNY MONTRACHET LES TRUFFIERES LOUIS LATOUR 2007


This wine has superb structure and real power. Lovely, creamy Chardonnay fruit, broad and rich, with a long lasting, elegant finish. (2)

CORTON CHARLEMAGNE GRAND CRU LOUIS LATOUR 1999


An excellent example of classical elegance and finesse. Rich and opulent with wonderful lemon and nut aromas. Well structured with an excellent balance between acidity and creamy richness. 1999 is one of the great vintages and will have excellent ageing potential. (2)

CORTON CHARLEMAGNE BERTRAND AMBROISE 2002


Intense, very ripe, honeyed, oaky nose. Great intensity and length on the palate with fullbodied, quite alcoholic texture and rich, ripe nutty Chardonnay flavours. (2)

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Chablis
Chablis wines are labelled using a similar hierarchy of White Burgundy, Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region, the grapevines around the town of Chablis are almost all Chardonnay, making a dry white wine renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavours less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates, the wines often have a "flinty" note, sometimes described as "got de pierre fusil", tasting of gunflint, and sometimes as "steely". In comparison to the white wines from the rest of Burgundy, Chablis has on average much less influence of oak.

A drunk mans words are a sober mans thoughts.

CHABLIS
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Steve Fergosi

Most basic Chablis is completely unoaked, and vinified in stainless steel tanks. The amount of barrel maturation, if any, is a stylistic choice which varies widely among Chablis producers. Many Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines receive some maturation in oak barrels.

CHAB0003

PETIT CHABLIS J.M. BROCARD


Soft and rounded Chardonnay fruit, with good steely backbone. (2)

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CHABLIS DOMAINE MANANTS BROCARD


Good balance between fruit and acidity, good length and very elegant, a fine example of wellmade Chablis. (2)

CHAB0012

CHABLIS DOMAINE FREDERIC GUEGUEN


Classic Chablis, steely ripeness and distinctive nose, with a nice balance of fruit. (2)

CHAB0014

CHABLIS 1er CRU FOURCHAUME FREDERIC GUEGUEN


More austere style with excellent definition and a refined elegance, citrus stoney minerally fruit character, fresh and vibrant. (2)

CHAB0006

CHABLIS 1er CRU MONTMAINS J.M. BROCARD


Delicious Chardonnay fruit with elegant structure and the steely finesse of Premier Cru Chablis. (2)

Loire
The Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France, the wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fum just south-east of the city of Orlans in north central France. The Loire Valley is often divided into three sections. The Upper Loire includes the Sauvignon blanc dominated areas of Sancerre and PouillyFum. The Middle Loire is dominated by more Chenin blanc and Cabernet franc wines found in the regions around Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. The Lower Loire that leads to the mouth of the river's entrance to the Atlantic goes through the Muscadet region which is dominated by wines of the Melon de Bourgogne grape.

Wine improves with age the older I get the better I like it!
Anon

LOIRE

There are two generic designation that can be used across the whole of the Loire Valley. The Crmant de Loire which refers to any sparkling wine made according to the traditional method of Champagne, and the Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France refers to any varietally labelled wine, such as Chardonnay, that is produced in the region outside of an AOC designation. Sancerre & Pouilly Fume mainly produce wines from the Sauvignon blanc and Pinot Noir grape variety. Anjou wine is produced near the city of Angers. The wines of region are often grouped together with the wines of nearby Saumur as "Anjou-Saumur". They are often associated with Rose style wines. Vouvray is located in the Touraine district and is almost exclusively dedicated to the Chenin Blanc grape variety. Muscadet is made at the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region. More Muscadet is produced than any other Loire wine. It is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, often referred to simply as melon.

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MUSCADET CELLIERS DE LA ROCHE


Luscious apple bouquet, crisp and dry on the palate. (1)

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VOUVRAY LA FORCINE AUGUSTE BONHOMME


Lovely off-dry white from the Loire with luscious fruit flavours of apricots and peaches and a nice smooth finish. (3)

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MUSCADET FIEF DE LA BRIE


Very consistent, Auguste Bonhomme's sur lie is fermented in cask and is a crisp, dry, light wine that is best served cool. (1)

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SANCERRE DOMAINE DAULNY


Etienne's elegant Sauvignon, dry with good weight of crisp fruit. (1)

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POUILLY FUME DOMAINE DES FINES CAILLOTTES J. PABIOT


Crisp, fresh and dry white from the flinty terroir of the Loire, displaying the typical smokiness of quality Pouilly Fume. (2)

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SANCERRE DOMAINE HUBERT BROCHARD


Grassy, asparagus characters, full round flavour, crisp, dry and fresh, a classic example of well made Sancerre. (1)

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POUILLY FUME CHATEAU DE TRACY


Excellent balance of fruit, acidity and style. A well made wine, one of the finest Pouilly Fumes available. (2)

Loire Rose
LOIR0001 ANJOU ROSE LACHETEAU
The Loire's famous Rose, delicate with a touch of sweetness on the palate. (4)

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SANCERRE ROSE DOMAINE DAULNY


Delicate notes of summer fruits with a hint of citrus, leading to a crisp, dry Rose that can be enjoyed anytime! (1)

Loire Red
LOIR0070 SANCERRE ROUGE LA MOUSSIERE ALPHONSE MELLOT
Lovely ripe and fleshy Pinot character with complexity and great consistency of flavour throughout. (D)

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Beaujolais
The wine takes its name from the historical Beaujolais province and wine producing region, located north of Lyon, and covering parts of the north of the Rhne dpartement and parts of the south of the Sane-et-Loire dpartement (Burgundy). While administratively considered part of the Burgundy wine region, the climate is closer to the Rhne and the wine is unique enough to be considered separately from Burgundy and Rhne. The region is known internationally for its long tradition of winemaking, and more recently for the popular Beaujolais nouveau. Beaujolais AOC is the most extended appellation covering 60 villages, and refers to all basic Beaujolais wines. It implies a minimum alcohol of just 9%; Beaujolais Suprieur implies wine with more than 10% alcohol. A large portion of the wine produced under this appellation is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.

Wine & wenches empty mens purses.


English Proverb

BEAUJOLAIS

Beaujolais-Villages AOC, covers 39 communes / villages in the Haut Beaujolais, the terrain of this region is hillier with more schist and granite soil composition than what is found in the regions of the Beaujolais AOC and the wine has the potential to be of higher quality. If the grapes come from the area of a single vineyard or commune, producers can affix the name of their particular village to the Beaujolais-Villages designation Cru Beaujolais, the highest category of classification in Beaujolais, account for the production within ten villages / areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains. Unlike Burgundy and Alsace, the phrase Cru in Beaujolais refers to entire wine producing area rather than an individual vineyard seven of the Crus relate to actual villages while Brouilly and Cte de Brouilly refer to the vineyards areas around Mont Brouilly and Moulin--Vent is named for a local windmill. These wines do not usually show the word "Beaujolais" on the label, in an attempt to separate themselves from mass-produced Nouveau, they are, in fact, not allowed to produce Nouveau. From north to south the Beaujolais Crus are- Saint-Amour, Julinas, Chnas, Moulin--Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Rgni, Brouilly and Cte de Brouilly. Saint-Amour - The wines from Saint-Amour are noted for their spicy flavours with aromas of peaches. Julinas - This Cru is based around the village named after Julius Caesar. The wines made from this area are noted for their richness and spicy with aromas reminiscent of peonies. Chnas - Once contained many of the vineyards that are now sold under the Moulin--Vent designation. It is now the smallest Cru Beaujolais with wines that are noted for their aroma of wild roses. Moulin--Vent - Wines are very similar to the nearby Chnas Cru Beaujolais. This region produces some of the longest lasting examples of Beaujolais wine, with some wines lasting up to ten years. Some producers will age their Moulin--Vent in oak which gives these wines more tannin and structure than other Beaujolais wines. Fleurie - One of the most widely exported Cru Beaujolais. These wines often have a velvet texture with fruity and floral bouquet. Chiroubles - This Cru has vineyards at some of the highest altitudes among the Cru Beaujolais. Noted for their delicate perfume that often includes aromas of violets. Morgon - Produces earthy wines that can take on a Burgundian character of silky texture after five years aging. These wines are generally the deepest colour and most rich Cru Beaujolais with aromas of apricots and peaches. Rgni - The most recently recognised Cru, graduating from a Beaujolais-Villages area to Cru Beaujolais in 1988. One of the more fuller bodied Crus in this category. It is noted for its redcurrant and raspberry flavours. Brouilly - The largest Cru in Beaujolais, situated around Mont Brouilly and contains within its boundaries the sub-district of Cte de Brouilly. The wines are noted for their aromas of blueberries, cherries, raspberries and currants. Cte de Brouilly - Located on the higher slopes of the extinct volcano Mont Brouilly within the Brouilly Cru Beaujolais. The wines from this region are more deeply concentrated with less earthiness than Brouilly wine.

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BEAUJOLAIS E LORON et FILS


Soft and smooth, velvety undertones and lush fruity flavours on the palate. (A)

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BROUILLY LES THIBAULTS


Super-concentrated notes of soft summer pudding on the nose. A delicious, leathery spiciness on the palate, with a refreshing kick of acidity on the finish. (A)

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BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES GEORGES DUBOEUF


Delicately made Beaujolais with the famous flower label from Duboeuf. Smooth and velvety with subtle dark fruit flavours. (A)

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BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES TRENEL FILS


Red fruits predominate on the nose, associated to the fragrance of flowers, beautiful structure in the mouth with soft, silky tannins. (A)

FLEURIE CHATEAU DE FLEURIE E. LORON et FILS


Smoothly textured with soft velvety finish. Frazier's favourite Fleurie!! (A)

CHIROUBLES TRENEL FILS


Intense and fine perfumes evoke red fruit, quite ripe and structured around the mouth with firm tannins. (A)

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FLEURIE GEORGES DUBOEUF


A fresh nose of fruity strawberry and cherry, well balanced by concentrated fruit. A velvety mouthfeel has more cherry and spice. The moderate length and smooth finish features strawberry nuances. (A)

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COTE DE BROUILLY TRENEL FILS


This Cote de Brouilly offers plenty of elegance and finesse, characteristic of the appellation. The long, rich spicy palate is underpinned by firm tannins. This is a fresh, supple wine that will beguile Cote de Brouilly lovers for several years to come! (A)

MOULIN A VENT TRENEL FILS


A fine fruity nose of red fruits with underlying smoky notes of undergrowth and humus. Plenty of structure but with ripe tannins. A powerful Moulin a Vent absolutely typical of its terroir. (A)

FLEURIE TRENEL FILS


Powerful floral nose reminiscent of violets, layered, balanced and well structured with a soft, velvety finish. (A)

BROUILLY LES SABURINS LOUIS LATOUR


Wild strawberry fruit, peppery, full and smooth with soft, delicate tannins. (A)

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Rhone
Very diverse wines take most advantage of the weather and winemaking conditions of the Rhne valley. The climate in Ctes du Rhne is hot and sunny, more constant than in the other French wine producing regions. The soil is stony, mainly made of granite. The main grapes in Ctes du Rhne are Grenache, Syrah and Carignan for red wine, Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Grenache Blanc for white wine. Ctes du Rhne is also famous for the Viognier white wine made in the northern part of the region (Condrieu, Chteau Grillet) which is one of the most distinctive in France. Over 75% of Ctes du Rhne wines are red. They are generally thick, robust and their alcoholic content higher than that of most French wines. The Rhne is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhne and the Southern Rhne. The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Viognier grapes.

Let us have wine & women, mirth & laughter, sermons & soda water the day after.
Lord Byron

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The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and ros wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Chteauneuf-du-Pape.

Northern Rhone
Syrah is the only red grape variety permitted in red AOC wines from this sub-region. The grape, which is believed to have originated in or close to the Rhne region, is also widely known as Shiraz, its name in Australia and much of the English-speaking world, and has recently become very popular with consumers around the world. For wines bearing the Cornas AOC designation, Syrah must be used exclusively, whereas other reds from the northern Rhne sub-region may be blended with white wine grapes, either Viognier or Marsanne and Roussanne, depending on the appellation. However, while this is allowed by the AOC rules, blending with white grapes is only widely practiced for Cte-Rtie. Viognier by itself is used for white wines from Condrieu and Chteau-Grillet. Marsanne and Roussanne are in turn used for the whites from Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint Joseph, and Saint Pray.

Southern Rhone
The southern Rhne's most famous red wine is Chteauneuf-du-Pape, a blend containing up to 13 varieties of wine grapes, both red and white, as permitted by the Chteauneuf-du-Pape AOC rules. Other nearby AOC regions, including Coteaux du Tricastin AOC, Ctes du Ventoux AOC, Ctes du Vivarais AOC, Lirac AOC, Tavel AOC and Vacqueyras AOC, may contain even more varieties in the blend. Gigondas AOC, on the other hand, predominantly made from Grenache Noir has a more restricted set of permitted grapes. Depending on the specific AOC rules, grapes blended into southern Rhne reds may include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. The reds from the left bank are full-bodied, rich in tannins while young, and are characterised by their aromas of prune, undergrowth, chocolate and ripe black fruit. The right bank reds are slightly lighter and fruitier.

I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.


Diogenes the Cynic

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COTES DU RHONE LES GRANDES SERRES


Well made full-bodied Rhone with bags of fruit on the palate. (E)

RHONE

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CHATEAU DU GRAND MOULAS COTES DU RHONE


Berry fruit bouquet, particularly sloe, very spicy, peppery taste with lasting flavours. (E)

RHON0009

COTES DU RHONE PRIVILEGE DES VIGNERONS


A definate classic, Cotes du Rhone is a very popular wine and this example shows why. Full-bodied with good fruit, enjoyable with food or on its own. (E)

RHON0011

CHATEAU DE GRAND MOULAS COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES


Warm, peppery with ripe fruit and remarkable depth of flavour, fleshy but balanced with a long, fine finish. (D)

RHON0014

COTES DU RHONE E.GUIGAL


Regarded as one of the top growers in the Rhone, although a little pricey, Guigals Cotes du Rhone has elegant depth of fruit with light tannins and is exceptionally smooth and balanced. (E)

RHON0017

CROZES HERMITAGE DOMAINE PRADELLE


Medium-bodied, clean, dry and well-balanced, exotically spicy with dark, ripe fruit and oak. (E)

RHON0013

COTES DU RHONE VILLAGE RASTEAU M.CHAPOUTIER 2007


Deep purple colour - delicious raspberry fruit. Lovely hints of spice, pepper and rich chocolate on the nose. (D)

RHON0050

LIRAC DOMAINE LAFOND ROC-EPINE 2008


Medium-bodied with ripe, spicy berry fruit weight and concentration. (E)

RHON0022

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE DOMAINE DE REMPART 2008


Good ruby colour, rich and rounded with plummy fruit flavours. (E)

RHON0023

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX MAS DU PAPES ROUGE 2004


H brunier & fils are one of the leading producers of Chateauneuf, their wines are rich, robust and powerful with masses of ripe fruit flavours. (E)

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RHON0019

CROZES HERMITAGE LES MEYSONNIERS 2007


100% Marsanne from 50 year old vines, gives this wine a lovely rich character and blackcurrant fruit flavour. (E)

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GIGONDAS E. GUIGAL 2003


Characterful, robust, full-bodied and earthy. Peppery berried fruit, warm and generous. (E)

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE TELEGRAMME H BRUNIER et FILS 2007


The second wine of Vieux Telegraph. H Brunier & fils are one of the leading producers of Chateauneuf, their wines are rich, robust and powerful with masses of ripe fruit flavours. (E)

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAPH 2005


Intense and compelling dark cherry aromas with full-bodied, elegant fruit and tannins. Powerful and complex. (E)

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAPH 2006


Very grippy style, with lots of sweet tapenade, tobacco, hot stone and braised chestnut notes weaving through a core of dark currant and fig fruit. There's a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish. For the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2028. 92+ points Robert Parker (E)

CORNAS LA LOUVEE DOMAINE COLOMBO 1997


Modern balanced style with evident new oak but still hugely fruity, deep and rich with ripe tannin, dense, powerful and mouth-filling. (E)

RHON0024

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAPH 2007


Dense ruby/purple-tinged with an exquisite nose of salty sea breezes, liquorice, ground pepper, jammy black cherries, blackcurrants, figs, and plums, this is a full-bodied, rich, offering with lots of sweet, ripe tannin. It is surprisingly accessible for a Vieux Telegraphe (this wine normally shuts down several years after bottling), but it should have great longevity (25+ years) given its power, full-bodied mouthfeel, and enormous length and richness. (E)

RHONE

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAPH 1998


The nose has a fabulous depth, multilayered as it is, first showing wisps of smoke, then an intensely concentrated seam of earthy fruit, with a little note of roasted meat. Nuances of orange peel and cloves make a brief appearance. The palate has a delicious weight, with decent acidity, and certainly there is a freshness to the palate, maintains a good presence in the mouth, and it has a good length. (E)

RHON0024

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE VIEUX TELEGRAPH 2008


The aromas reveal a fine garrigue character, fragrant and appealing. The palate is vibrant in style with a sweet core of deep berry and cherry fruit as well as provencal herb, very classic in style, showing some of the solidity that one would expect, but in a lighter, more fragrant vein. The tannins are well-expressed, gently underpinning attractive fruit and making for a forward-drinking Vieux-Tlgraphe that will prove rewarding in its early years as much as with mid-term cellerage. (E)

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE CUVEE DES CADETTES 1997


Sweet jammy plum and black cherry aromas, deep and rich with fat flavours, pepper and spice, and a finish with substantial fruit. A world class wine from Chateau La Nerthe under the meticulous administration of Alain Dugas. (E)

White Rhone
RHON0002 MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE
Orangey gold colour with rich apricot fruit and nuttiness, intense and concentrated, a super dessert wine. (9)

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA BERNADINE BLANC 2008


Light but appealing nose with an oily, cheesy note. Medium-bodied with soft, mouth-filling texture, rich oily, sweet fruit, crisp acidity, well-balanced, with a touch of oak coming through on the finish. (2)

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French Regional Wines


Wine is produced in several regions throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, France has the world's second-largest total vineyard area, behind Spain, and competes with Italy for the position of being the world's largest wine producer. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced today range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally, to more modest wines usually only seen within France.

Wine is the most civilised thing in the world.


Ernest Hemmingway

REGIONAL
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Languedoc-Roussillon
This is the largest region in terms of vineyard surface, and the region in which much of France's cheap bulk wines have been produced. Languedoc-Roussillon is also the home of some innovative producers who combine traditional French wine and international styles while using lessons from the New World. Much Languedoc-Roussillon wine is sold as Vin de Pays d'Oc.

Provence
In the south-east and close to the Mediterranean, this is perhaps the warmest wine region of France and produces mainly ros and red wine. It covers eight major appellations led by the Provence flagship, Bandol. Some Provence wine can be compared with the Southern Rhne wines as they share both grapes and, to some degree, style and climate.

South West France


The south-west region was first cultivated by the Romans and had a flourishing wine trade long before the Bordeaux area was planted. South-West France covers both the upstream areas around the rivers Dordogne and Garonne (which also flow through Bordeaux where they combine to form the Gironde estuary) and their tributaries, as well as the wine-producing areas of Gascony including Barn, and the Northern Basque Country. However, only areas closer to the Atlantic than to the Mediterranean are included in the region, with the city of Toulouse being situated roughly halfway between the south-west wine region and the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region on the Mediterranean. The brandy-producing region Armagnac is situated within Gascony and the wine region of south-west France, and some of its grapes are used to make Vin de Pays under the designation Vin de Pays de Ctes de Gascogne or mixed with Armagnac to produce the mistelle Floc de Gascogne.

French Red
FREG0385 LA VEDETTE SHIRAZ VIN DE PAYS D'OC
Hints of pepper and black fruits, ripe and spicy, with cedary oak flavours, richly textured and full-bodied. A delicious, bold and satisfying winter warmer! (D)

REGIONAL

FREG0380

LA VEDETTE MERLOT VIN DE PAYS D'OC


Smooth, soft and silky with cherry and plum notes and a velvety finish. (B)

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COTES DU ROUSSILLON ROUGE P. DE MARCA


Attractive cherry fruit shows early with this soft fruity red from the stoney foothills of the Pyrenees. (C)

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COTES DE SAINT MONT ROUGE VDQS


Mouth filling juicy red from South Western France. (C)

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ALTERA GRENACHE VIN DE PAYS D'OC


Black fruits and spices dominate the nose, soft and powerful, rich and silky textured. A wine of pure pleasure! (D)

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TERRES D'AZUR MERLOT


A beautifully dark Merlot with intense aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blueberry and herbs. Generous and silky in the mouth, with plump fruit and hints of spice. (B)

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BEAU CHENE PINOT NOIR


A wine typical of the grape variety, delicious red fruit flavours like blackcurrants and raspberries, enhanced by cinnamom, cumin, thyme and laurel hints on an elegant, round and long palate. (D)

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DOMAINE ST EULALIE MINERVOIS


Just north-east of Carcassonne lies Domaine St Eulalie, a beautifully situated property facing due south, producing lovely Minervois. Dark and earthy with exciting fruit and balance, for drinking now or will keep and develop. (B)

DOMAINE DE VALMOISSINE PINOT NOIR LOUIS LATOUR


Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Verdon, delicate Pinot from the Louis Latour stable, exceptional value. Wine magazine quote 'A stunning Pinot Noir with a lovely blackcurrant and plum nose, the palate has a bitter cherry, farmyard feel with an edge of ripe red plums and rich spice.' (C)

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French White
FREG0049 COLOMBARD VIN DES PAYS
Dry with delightful fruit and freshness, the ideal wine for that summer evening! (3)

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LA VEDETTE CHARDONNAY VIN DE PAYS D'OC


Apricot and peach flavours are abundant in this rich, fruity Chardonnay. (2)

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LA VEDETTE SAUVIGNON BLANC VIN DE PAYS D'OC


Fresh, crisp and clean with delicate citrus notes. (2)

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DOMAINE DE RIEUX COTES DE GASGOYNE


A blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard producing a crisp, fresh wine with grapey, grassy summer flavours. (3)

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COTES DE SAINT-MONT BLANC


Full flavoured fruity vin de pays from the well run Plaimont Co-operative. A blend of Arrifiac, Petit Courbu, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng all of which are hand picked, producing a remarkably elegant, attractive wine that is ideal for all occasions. (3)

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LES TERRES ROUSSES SAUVIGNON VIN de PAYS D'OC


Aromas of fresh cut grass and nettle leaf with nice crisp, refreshing and zesty fruity notes on the palate. (2)

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BEAU CHENE GRENACHE SAUVIGNON


A well-balanced blend of the Grenache and Sauvignon grape varieties, aromatic with intense flavours of passionfruits and yellow peaches, with a delicious and refreshing palate. (3)

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LES TERRES ROUSSES CHARDONNAY VIN de PAYS D'OC


Rich and full with creamy vanilla notes and lush apricot and peach flavours to finish - superb Chardonnay! (2)

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TERRES D'AZUR SAUVIGNON BLANC


Aromas of fresh citrus fruit and elderflower, enhanced by a hint of mineral, a racy, zesty wine with an irresistible refreshing finish. (2)

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French Rose
FREG0052 COTES DE SAINT MONT ROSE
Attractive flavours of summer fruits, well structured with hints of rose petals on the nose. (4)

REGIONAL

French Vin de Table Red


FREG0185 CUVEE DU ROY VIN de PAYS du GERS ROUGE
Well made Vin De Pays, soft tannins with dry finish and full fruity flavour. Also available in Litres. (C)

White
FREG0200 CUVEE DU ROY VIN de PAYS du GERS DRY
Fresh, crisp and easy drinking with hints of apple on the nose. Also available in Litres. (2)

FREG0215

CUVEE DU ROY VIN de PAYS du GERS MEDIUM


Light and refreshing with good character and flavour and just a hint of Semillon to give it that touch of extra fruitiness. Also available in Litres. (4)

Rose
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CUVEE DU ROY VIN de PAYS du COMPTE TOLOSAN ROSE


Delicate, light and easy drinking rose with hints of strawberries and raspberries evident on the palate. (4)

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Alsace
The wine classification in Alsace includes as in Bordeaux and Burgundy a "grand cru" grade to distinguish the best of the best. Wine produced in the Alsace region in France is primarily white. These wines, which for historical reasons have a strong Germanic influence, are produced under three different Appellation d'Origine Contrles AOC Alsace Grand Cru : followed by the name of the grape variety and by the name of the vineyard where the wine comes from. AOC Alsace : followed usually by the name of the grape variety such as Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling. AOC Crmant d'Alsace : a sparkling wine

Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.


Karl Marx

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ALSACE
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Both dry and sweet white wines are produced, and are often made from aromatic grape varieties. Along with Austria and Germany, it produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world, but on the export market, Alsace is perhaps even more noted for highly aromatic Gewrztraminer wines. Due to the Germanic influence, it is the only region in France to produce mostly varietal wines, typically from similar grapes as used in German wine.

ALSA0010

PINOT BLANC PFAFFENHEIM


Light, dry, fresh and floral with good balance and acidity. (2)

ALSA0020

TOKAY PINOT GRIS PFAFFENHEIM


Dry, rich and spicy with ripe fruits, fine depth and balance. (2)

ALSA0008

GEWURZTRAMINER PFAFFENHEIM
Full rich Gewurztraminer with aromas of honey and flowers. The ideal accompaniment to spicy dishes. (2)

ALSA0015
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PINOT BLANC 'LES PRINCES ABBES' DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER


The wine has a fine youthful quality, pleasant, expressive, fruity scents, citrus fruits and very refreshing lemon peel. The range of flavours is focused on the dominant fruits, citrus fruits, lemon peel but also white flesh fruits with good acidity to finish. (3)

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GEWURZTRAMINER 'LES PRINCES ABBES' DOMAINE SCHLUMBERGER


The nose is frank, pleasant, distinguished. It gives out a good intensity on a dominant of fruity, exotic scents (grapefruit, citrus fruits, lychees) as well as an airy floral character. The palate is moderately ample, gives out a marrowy hint with an alcoholic base which is vigorous and full-bodied. (2)

Spain
Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation, but it is only the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being Italy and France. This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 600 varieties planted throughout Spain, though 80 per cent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes, including Tempranillo, Albario, Garnacha, Palomino, Airen, Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello, Cariena and Monastrell. Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero which are known for their Tempranillo production. Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry. Ras Baixas in the north-west region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albario and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Peneds as well the Priorat region.

It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
Heraclitus

SPAIN

Spanish wines are often labelled according to the amount of ageing the wine has received. When the label says vino joven ("young wine") or sin crianza, the wines will have undergone very little, if any, wood ageing. Others will benefit from some time ageing in the bottle. For the vintage year to appear on the label, a minimum of 85% of the grapes must be from that year's harvest. The three most common ageing designations on Spanish wine labels are Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.

Crianza red wines are aged for 2 years with at least 6 months in oak. Crianza whites and ross must be aged for at least 1 year with at least 6 months in oak.

Reserva red wines are aged for at least 3 years with at least 1 year in oak. Reserva whites and ross must be aged for at least 2 years with at least 6 months in oak.

Gran Reserva wines typically appear in above average vintages with the red wines requiring at least 5 years ageing, 18 months of which in oak. Gran Reserva whites and ross must be aged for at least 4 years with at least 6 months in oak.

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Spanish Red
SPAI0006 PLENO TEMPRANILLO
This bright, well coloured wine from Navarra has aromas of strawberries and blackberries. Deliciously fleshy with finely balanced red fruit notes. (B)

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SPAI0015

ARJONA RIOJA NAVAJAS


Light and easy drinking with strawberry fruit flavours in abundance. (C)

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MONTE ARAYA SEMI-CRIANZA TINTO


Lovely soft and delicate red, filled with bags of soft summer fruit flavours and a nice velvety finish. (C)

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MARIUS TINTO RESERVA ALMANSA


From a family owned Bodega, this wine is made from the Monestrell grape and aged for 18 months in oak casks. It's great value and a very popular wine. (C)

CAMPO VIEJO CRIANZA RIOJA


Aged for one year in oak giving a soft, fruity and flavoursome taste with rich aromas on the nose. (C)

VEGA CRIANZA TINTO RIOJA


Lovely soft, velvety Rioja with bags of strawberry fruit flavours. (C)

MARQUES DE CACERES RIOJA


Intense bouquet of fresh redcurrants and raspberries that rest on delicate notes of soft spice. (C)

VINA EIZAGA CRIANZA RIOJA ALAVESA


Soft and stylish, hints of oak aromas which delicately follow through to the palate. Nice velvety strawberry fruit flavours and a lovely smooth finish. (C)

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GUSTALES NAVAJAS CRIANZA RIOJA


Soft and silky smooth with strawberry fruit and lovely richness. (C)

TOBELOS CRIANZA RIOJA 2006


Intense black cherry colour, attractive and powerful berry fruit nose with hints of vanilla and spice. Velvety softness with great depth of ripe, rich blackberry spicy fruit on the palate, soft tannins, outstanding nobility, good structure, with a harmonic, balanced development climaxing in an elegant, full and very persistent aftertaste. (C)

SPAI0025

FAUSTINO V RESERVA RIOJA 2004


Traditional wood aged Rioja, full-bodied with a lovely richness of fruit. (C)

SPAIN

SPAI0035
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PORTIA RIBERA DEL DUERO TEMPRANILLO


A garnet cherry red wine with intense fruity aromas and an easy drinking soft, velvety finish. (C)

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VINA SALCEDA RESERVA RIOJA 2005


Intense and complex displaying a mix of mature fruits and spices with notes of black fruit, blackberry, elderberries, clove and vanilla of noble wood, and a touch of black pepper. An opulent and structured body with rounded tannins, and a long finish. An elegant wine carried by a good acidity with a delicate aromatic finish of plums, garrigue and with empyreumatic notes. (C)

MARQUES DE RISCAL RESERVA RIOJA 2005


This reserva quality wine comes from the oldest bodega in Rioja. Through adherence to timehonoured skills and original techniques, their wines retain a distinctive and appealing character, a style reflecting the best virtues of traditional Rioja. Aged in cask for at least two years, followed by a further year in bottle, Riscal Rioja has a ripe, fruity bouquet and a lingering oaky flavour. (C)

CALZADILLA CRIANZA URIBES MADERO 1998


This wine offers rather mature aromas of plum and cherry, with oak elements only faintly contributing in the form of toast, unusually smooth and creamy, but the fruit grows more intense and finishes strongly. The wine has elegance and its creamy mouthfeel and very soft tannins are physically enticing. (C)

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MARQUES DE MURRIETA TINTO RESERVA RIOJA 2003


One of the most famous wines to come out of Spain, traditional with soft, round and complex flavours. (C)

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SPAI0026

FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA RIOJA 1998


Soft, full-bodied Gran Reserva with rich aged fruit and a slight earthiness, a very highly regarded Rioja. (C)

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SPAI0020
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MIGUEL MERINO VITOLA RESERVA 2003


A complex and expressive Reserva wine, the perfect match between fruit and oak. Red cherry colour, clean and shining. Ripe fruit aromas, spices, tobacco, coffe and balsamic herbs with a fresh, intense, long and balanced palate. (C)

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VINA ARDANZA RESERVA RIOJA 2000


Full-bodied, mature and velvety. Smooth with an abundance of fruit and a long, distinguished finish. Especially good with game, roast meats and casseroles. (C)

CONDE DE SAN CRISTOBEL RIBERA DEL DUERO 2005


Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complimented by subtle herbal and cured meat qualities. Deep and fleshy, offering powerful dark berry and cherry preserve flavours and supple texture. Fine-grained tannins add structure and extend through the long, juicy finish. (C)

RODA I RIOJA 2003


Deep purple-black, aromas of luscious black cherries with a hint of figs, chocolate, even tobacco. Concentrated long-lasting dark fruit flavours balanced by minerality, a lovely freshness and silky tannins, finishing smooth and spicy. (C)

Spanish White
SPAI0180 PLENO VIURA
Elderflower and citrus notes, crisp, fresh and well-balanced with an appley background. (2)

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SPAI0027

MARQUES DE CACERES BLANCO RIOJA


Very fresh notes of grapefruit and pears come through with a depth of minerals on the nose, resulting in a pleasant complexity. Good structure in the mouth with fleshy fruit sensations highlighted by a refreshing acidity that awakens the tastebuds. This wine's surprising freshness and delicious fruit are the result of a very careful selection of Viura grapes. (3)

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PRADOREY RUEDA VERDEJO


Fresh and lively with lovely crispness and intense tropical fruit flavours. (2)

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TORRENAVA VERDEJO
Full of lush gooseberry flavours, a nice fruity nose and a crisp refreshing finish. Superb wine for a lazy afternoon! (2)

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MARQUES DE RISCAL RUEDA BLANCO


Vibrant and fresh with intense aromas of ripe fruit with floral notes, dry, crisp and mouth-filling with a long, clean finish. (3)

ALGAREIRO ALBARINO
From grapes picked and selected by hand from the Rias Baixas in Spain. A crisp, racy and refreshing Albarino with subtle tropical flavours abound. (2)

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LAGAR DE CERVERA GALICIA ALBARINO


Intense fresh aromas on the nose with a perfect combination of fruity and flowery notes, in which apples, citrus fruits and stone fruits stand out. On the palate the typical freshness and glyceric fullness of the Albarino predominates, tropical, zesty fruits of pineapples, melons and grapefruits, with a well adjusted acidity, perfectly balanced with the wines body and structure. (2)

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Spanish Rose
SPAI0190 PLENO ROSADO
Fresh and vibrant with mouth-filling flavours of summer red fruits, from the Navarra region. (2)

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PAZO SAN MAURO ALBARINO


A nose full of honey aromas, the palate is packed with apricot and peach nuances, really lush and rich, a beautiful wine for long, hot summer days. (2)

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MARQUES DE CACERES ROSE RIOJA


Light, fresh, aromatic and fruity, the ideal aperitif. (3)

Italy
A country which is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the 2nd century BC. Roman grape-growing and winemaking was prolific and well-organized, pioneering large-scale production and storage techniques like barrelmaking and bottling. With the climate near perfect you can grow vines almost anywhere in Italy, and nowadays there are more than a million vineyards under cultivation. Italian wines to be found in the UK are generally Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) or Denominazione di Origine Controllata et Garantita (DOCG). These levels correspond with the Appellation (d'Origine) Contrle wines of France, the DOCG wines supposedly with an extra degree of quality.

Strategy is buying a bottle of fine wine when you take a lady out for dinner. Tactics is getting her to drink it!
Frank Muir

ITALY

The fairly recent qualification of Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) corresponds to France's Vin de Pays wines, whereas the lowest category for Italian wine, Vina da Tavola, accounts for the table wines. Unusually this latter category has in the past included some of Italy's top wines, as quality conscious wine makers were excluded from the DOC or DOCG categories because of the grapes or wine making practices they used, as they often blended the wines thus making them ineligible for classification under the traditional rules. The Italian wine region where these latter two have been most concentrated is around Chianti in Tuscany, the wines frequently referred to as 'Super-Tuscans'.

Some popular red grape varieties are:


Sangiovese - Italy's claim to fame, the pride of Tuscany. Traditionally made, the wines are full of cherry fruit, earth, and cedar. It produces Chianti (Classico), Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano and many others. Sangiovese is also the backbone in many of the acclaimed, modern-styled "Super-Tuscans", where it is blended with Bordeaux varietals. Nebbiolo - The most noble of Italy's varietals. The name (meaning "little fog") refers to the autumn fog that blankets most of Piedmont where it is grown, a condition the grape seems to enjoy. It is a somewhat difficult varietal to master, but produces the most renowned Barolo and Barbaresco. The wines are known for their elegance and power with a bouquet of wild mushroom, truffle, roses, and tar. Montepulciano - The grape of this name is not to be confused with the Tuscan town of Montepulciano. It is most widely planted on the opposite coast in Abruzzo. Its wines develop silky plum-like fruit, friendly acidity, and light tannin. More recently, producers have been creating a rich, inky, extracted version of this wine, a sharp contrast to the many inferior bottles produced in the past. Barbera - The most widely grown red wine grape of Piedmont and Southern Lombardy, most famously around the towns of Asti and Alba, and Pavia. Wines of Barbera were once simply "what you drank while waiting for the Barolo to be ready." With a new generation of wine makers, this is no longer the case. The wine has bright cherry fruit, a very dark colour, and a food-friendly acidity.

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Italian Reds
ITAL0210 VETRIANO ANCORA BENEVANTANO ROSSO
Soft, rich, juicy plum fruit flavours laced with a touch of spicy forest fruits. (C)

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VALPOLICELLA CANTINE DE MONTEFORTE CLIVUS


Smooth, mellow and light with lush fruit flavours (C)

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ALPHA ZETA C CORVINA


Light in style with bags of dark berry fruit flavours. (C)

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PONTE PIETRO MERLOT CORVINA


Soft, blackberry and cherry fruits, well balanced, a super wine from start to finish! (B)

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TORRE DEL FALASCO CORVINA


Masses of soft red summer fruit flavours are evident straight away, leading to a delightfully smooth and velvety finish. (B)

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PRIMO SANGIOVESE MERLOT


Wonderful lush flavours of blackcurrants fill the palate, with a nice soft, jammy finish. (B)

BARBERA D'ASTI CA SOLARE


Ripe plums and savoury smoky oak on the nose with flavours of spiced plums leading to a subtle oaky finish. (B)

MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO TAVERNA NOVA DOC


Well concentrated medium weight, with nice chocolaty undertones. (C)

CHIANTI CANTINE DI MONTALCINO


Medium weight, spicy with raspberry fruit flavours. (C)

PRIMITIVO A MANO PROMESSA PUGLIA


Gorgeous, rich and seductively spicy with flavours of black chocolate, liquorice and cloves. Really great value. (C)

ITAL0010

VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO LE VIGNE


Sourced from premium vineyards throughout Italy, cherry and summer fruit flavours, balanced with soft tannins and a full finish. (C)

ITALY

ITAL0014

CHIANTI CLASSICO CANTINE DI MONTALCINO 2007


Bitter cherry, red and black fruits evolving into remarkably complex flavours with age. (C)

ITAL0160

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO D.O.C 2001


Intense, concentrated fruit with impressive structure that should attain real elegance with age. (D)

ITAL0013

CHIANTI CLASSICO BROLIO 2007


This wine, a blend of primarily Sangiovese grapes, is typical of the best modern day Chianti Classico, while displaying the elegance and intensity that made the wines of Chianti famous. (C)

ITAL0003

BAROLO DOCG MANFREDI 2006


Good varietal nose with slightly truffly flavours, big in both fruit and alcohol. (E)

ITAL0005

BAROLO FONTANAFREDDA 2005


Big, robust, full flavoured Barolo, definately not for the faint hearted! (E)

ITAL0007

AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO GIUSEPPE LONARDI 2004


Aromatic with very ripe plum and dried fruit aromas, full, warm and powerful, well structured with a long finish. (E)

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BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO D.O.C.G 1998


Rich, ripe and concentrated with dark fruits, well balanced and long with hints of herbs and spices. (D)

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Some of the more popular white styles are:


Trebbiano - Behind cataratto, this is the most widely planted white varietal in Italy. It is grown throughout the country, with a special focus on the wines from Abruzzo and from Lazio, including Frascati. Mostly, they are pale, easy drinking wines, it is known as Ugni Blanc in France. Moscato - Grown mainly in Piedmont, it is mainly used in the slightlysparkling (frizzante), semi-sweet Moscato d'Asti. Pinot Grigio - A hugely successful commercial grape (known as Pinot Gris in France), its wines are characterised by crispness and cleanness. As a hugely mass-produced wine, it is usually delicate and mild, but in a good producers' hands, the wine can grow more full-bodied and complex. The main problem with the grape is that to satisfy the commercial demand, the grapes are harvested too early every year, leading to wines without character.

Why is there so much wine left at the end of my money?


Milan Maximovich

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Verdicchio - This is grown in the areas of Castelli di Jesi and Matelica in the Marche region and gives its name to the varietal white wine made from it. The name comes from "verde" (green). The white wines are noted for their high acidity and a characteristic nutty flavour with a hint of honey.

Italian White
ITAL0215 VETRIANO TREBBIANO D'ABRUZZO BIANCO
Crisp, fresh and fruity dry white, with attractive apricot tones. (2)

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SOAVE CANTINE DE MONTEFORTE CLIVUS


Light and dry with fine floral and nutty character. (1)

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PINOT GRIGIO AMANTI DEL VINO


Typically light and crisp Pinot with a nice freshness and fruit characters of pear and melon, a rich floral bouquet and honey like finish. (3)

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PONTE PIETRO TREBBIANO GARGANEGA


Clean and fresh with notes of almond on the nose, crisp refreshing apple fruit on the palate. (3)

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PINOT GRIGIO CA SOLARE


Lifted aromas of stone fruit and melons, containing flavours of peaches and tropical fruit with a full and lasting flavour. (3)

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TORRE DEL FALASCO GARGANEGA


A fantastically luscious wine, apricot and peach flavours, full and rich with a wonderful lush finish. (3)

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PRIMO MALVASIA
Delightful floral aromas leading to refreshing citrus, and tropical fruit flavours that end with a subtle hint of honeysuckle. (3)

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PINOT GRIGIO PAVIA - CIELO


Light, fresh and fruity, easy drinking with mineral characteristics and a round, spicy flavour. (3)

ALPHA ZETA CHARDONNAY


Fresh, clean and lovely delicate fruit, this superb wine is ideal for everyday drinking. (2)

FRASCATI PRINCIPE PALLAVACINI


Fresh and floral, with a touch of fruit and a hint of peach stones, dry with a refreshing acidity, light in body and intensity. It tastes floral and soft with apples and a slight bitterness which balances the wine wonderfully. (1)

PINOT GRIGIO DUE TORRI TRENTINO


Easy drinking with clean expressive fruit, full of tropical fruit flavours - great for summer drinking! (3)

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ITAL0025

SOAVE CLASSICO DOC FONTANELLA LE VIGNE


Fresh and zesty, with ripe melon and lime flavours, complimented by lifting acidity. (1)

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ITAL0026

SOAVE CLASSICO CA VISCO


Light dry and intense with nutty and almond aromas. A zesty wine with good depth of flavour. (1)

ITAL0055

GAVI DI GAVI LA MINAIA NICOLA BERGAGLIO 2009


Rich and nutty, this wine is of great intensity and elegance, offering remarkable value within this sought after denomination. (2)

Italian Rose
ITAL0043 PINOT GRIGIO ROSE CA SOLARE
Lovely delicate strawberry fruit flavours, soft and medium dry, ideal as an aperitif or just for those summer evenings! (4)

ITAL0031

PINOT GRIGIO DELLE VENEZIE IGT ROSE


Fresh and crisp rose style wine from the Veneto region of Italy, lovely soft strawberry fruit flavours. (4)

Germany
Germany has a mixed reputation with some consumers on the export markets associating it with the world's most elegant and aromatically pure white wines while other see the country mainly as the source of cheap, mass-market semi-sweet wines such as Liebfraumilch. Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration. While primarily a white wine country, red wine production surged in the 1990s and early 2000s, primarily fuelled by domestic demand, and the proportion of the German vineyards devoted to the cultivation of darkskinned grape varieties has now stabilized at slightly more than a third of the total surface. German wine classification is sometimes the source of confusion. However, to those familiar with the terms used, a German wine label reveals much information about the quality level and dryness/sweetness of the wine.

Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol, than alcohol has taken out of me.
Sir Winston Churchill

germany

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Qualittswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA) are simple wines that meet the first level of quality. Prdikatswein, renamed from Qualittswein mit Prdikat (QmP) are of greater quality. The grapes for these wines must meet a certain level of ripeness. As ripeness increases, the fruit characteristics and price increase. Kabinett wines are made from grapes picked several days after the QbA grapes are picked. These are the first picked grapes of the Prdikat level. Sptlese wines ("late harvest") are made from grapes harvested 12-14 days after the Kabinett grapes are picked. Auslese wines ("select harvest") are made from grapes that have been hand-selected out from the other grapes. These grapes are late-harvest and have a high sugar content. Beerenauslese wines ("berry selection") are made from grapes that have been left on the vine longer than the Auslese grapes. These grapes develop the fungus Botrytis, which removes the moisture from the grape. Thus these wines are very sweet and make good dessert wines. Eiswein (ice wine) is made grapes that freeze naturally on the vine and reach a sweetness of Beerenauslese level. The grapes are harvested and pressed in their frozen state. The ice keeps part of the water isolated to achieve the high sugar content of these wines. Trockenbeerenauslese wines ("dry berries selection") are extremely sweet, concentrated and usually quite expensive wines. The grapes used for Trockenbeere - nauslese have reached an even more raisin-like state than those used for Beerenauslese.

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Germany
GERM0011 RHINEQUEEN LIEBFRAUMILCH NAHE
The most famous German wine, can be enjoyed on its own or with almost any food, especially fish or white meats. (5)

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GERM0013

NIERSTEINER GUTES DOMTAL RHEINHESSEN


Light, fresh and fruity, very easy drinking. (5)

GERM0033

PIESPORTER MICHELSBERG
An elegant, crisp wine, with well-balanced acidity and ripe fruits. The latest cold fermented wine-making techniques capture all the delicate aromas of this appealing wine from the Mosel valley. (5)

GERM0022

RIESLING CLASSIC MOSELLAND E.G.


Medium-bodied, dry but intensely fruity with peach and stone fruit flavours. (4)

GERM0017

KREUZNACHER KRONENBERG KABINETT


Excellent fruit, balanced with lovely acidity, packaged in a distinctive blue bottle that gives credit to any table. (4)

GERM0044

BERNKASTELER DOCTOR RIESLING SPATLESE 1988


Elegant - delicious fruit from the moselle's most famous vineyard. (3)

Austria
It is sometimes said that Grner Veltliner dates back to Roman times and that its name is derived from Veltlin (Valtellina) in northern Italy. However, the current name appeared in a document for the first time in 1855 - before that time it was known as Grner Muskateller. Only by the 1930s was Grner Veltliner established as the standard name of the grape. Since the antifreeze scandal of 1985, Grner Veltliner has been at the forefront of the switch in Austrian winemaking towards better quality dry wines.

One of the disadvantages of wine It makes a man mistake words for thoughts!
Samuel Johnson

AUSA0025
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PETER SCHWEIGER GRUNER VELTLINER 2009


Citrus and peach flavours, with spicy notes of pepper and well balanced acidity. (2)

NE

England
Traditionally seen as struggling with an unhelpfully cold climate, the English and Welsh wine industry has been helped by the warmer British summers over recent years and it is speculated that global warming may encourage major growth in the future! In recent years, English sparkling wine has started to emerge as the UK wine style receiving the most attention. Viticulture was revived in the 1970s, the rising local temperature making many parts of Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Berkshire and Cambridgeshire, dry and hot enough to grow grapes of high quality. The first English wines were influenced by the sweet German wines like Liebfraumilch and Hock that were popular in the 1970s, and were blended white and red sweet wines, called cream wine. The growth of English wine accelerated in the late 1990s, helped by popularity of wine from the new world, which made consumers in the British Isles more accepting of wines that were not from the traditional wine growing regions of Europe. This influenced the English wine industry to copy what had happened in the new world and produce good-quality wines from grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

I fear the man who drinks water, and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night!
Greek proverb

england

ENGL0003

THREE CHOIRS ENGLISH HOUSE


Produced locally in Gloucestershire, this wine is ideal for those summer picnics. (3)

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WELCOMBE HILLS HOLLOW MEADOW


A crisp blend of Bacchus and Auxerrois, this wine is named after the land on which the vineyard is planted. Ideal as an aperitif or as an accompaniment for fish and chicken dishes. (2)

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WELCOMBE HILLS PINOT NOIR 2009


A lighter style of red wine with soft cherry flavours. The 2009 vintage has been in French oak for up to twelve months before bottling. (D)

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Romania
Romania is one of the world's largest wine producers, Wine was first introduced 3,000 years ago in Dacia by the Greeks. Due to the hot dry summers, the location proved to be successful and the grape vineyards thrived. In the 1880s the Phylloxera disease wiped out most of Europes vineyards including those of Romania and many of the vines were replaced by those imported from France and other foreign nations, such as Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

It actually comes down to what thrills you.


Hugh Johnson

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ROMA0020
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LA UMBRA PINOT GRIGIO


Fresh and lively with gooseberry and grassy fruit flavours. (3)

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LA UMBRA CHARDONNAY
Honeysuckle and floral aromas fill the glass, with subtle flavours of white stone fruits on the palate. (2)

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LA UMBRA MERLOT
Soft and delicate Merlot with nice plummy fruit flavours. (B)

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Australia
Vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope were brought to the penal colony of New South Wales by Governor Phillip on the First Fleet in 1788. An attempt at wine making from these first vines failed, but with perseverance, other settlers managed to successfully cultivate vines for winemaking, and Australian made wine was available for sale domestically by the 1820s. In 1830 vineyards were established in the Hunter Valley. In 1833 James Busby returned from France and Spain with a serious selection of grape varieties including most classic French grapes and a good selection of grapes for fortified wine production. Domestic consumption of wine vastly increased during World War Two (WWII). The critical shortage of beer saw the thirsty armies of both the US and Australia seeking alternative beverages and until the 1960s approximately 80% of Australian made wine was sweet fortified sherry and port styles, known in the UK as Colonial Wine. Up until the late 1970s, Australian wine production consisted largely, but not exclusively, of sweet and fortified wines. Contemporary tastes swung slowly away from fortified wine under the influence of post-WWII migrants from Europe who introduced their culture of enjoying food with table wine in restaurants and at home.

I spent a lot of money on wine, women & fast cars.

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The rest I just squandered!

George Best

Since then, Australia has rapidly become a world leader in both the quantity and quality of wines it produces. Major grape varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Smillon, and Riesling. The country has no native grapes, and Vitis vinifera varieties were introduced from Europe and South Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some varieties have now been bred by Australian viticulturalists, for example Cienna and Tarrango. Although Syrah was originally called Shiraz in Australia and Syrah elsewhere, its dramatic commercial success has led many Syrah producers to label their wine "Shiraz". Over recent years many winemakers have begun exploring so called "alternative varieties" other than those listed above. Many varieties from France, Italy and Spain, for example, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier, are becoming more common. Australia's most famous wine is Penfolds Grange. The great 1955 vintage was submitted to competitions beginning in 1962 and over the years has won more than 50 gold medals. The vintage of 1971 won first prize in Syrah / Shiraz at the Wine Olympics in Paris. The 1990 vintage was named 'Red Wine of the Year' by the Wine Spectator magazine in 1995, which later rated the 1998 vintage 99 points out of a possible 100. Wine critic Hugh Johnson has called Grange the only First Growth of the Southern Hemisphere. The influential wine critic Robert Parker, who is well known for his love of Bordeaux wines, has written that Grange "has replaced Bordeaux's Ptrus as the world's most exotic and concentrated wine".

Major Wine Regions


The South Australian wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. The state of South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the state to be able to successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties - from the cool climate Riesling variety in the Clare Valley to the big, full-bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley. Furthest south is Coonawarra, a region of considerable repute, and many would agree it is the finest region of South Australia. The Adelaide Hills, together with the Eden Valley and Clare Valley further north, have also gained a reputation for some excellent white wines. With over 600 wineries, Victoria has more wine producers than any other Australian wine-producing state but ranks third in overall wine production due to the lack of a mass bulk wine-producing area like South Australia's Riverland and New South Wales's Riverina. Viticulture has existed in Victoria since the 19th century and experienced a high point in the 1890s when the region produced more than half of all wine produced in Australia. The phylloxera epidemic that soon followed took a hard toll on the Victoria wine industry which did not fully recover till the 1950s. Today winemaking is spread out across the state and features premier wine regions such as Heathcote, Rutherglen and the Yarra Valley.

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind & say something clever!
Aristophanes

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New South Wales is Australia's most populous state and its wine consumption far out paces the region's wine production. The Hunter Valley, located 81 miles north of Sydney, is the most well known wine region but the majority of the state's production takes place in the Big Rivers Zone - Perricoota, Riverina and along the Darling and Murray Rivers. The Swan Valley established in 1829 by Thomas Waters is the historical centre for wine production in Western Australia, however the states cooler climate south-western wine regions such as Margaret River, and the Great Southern are considered to be more significant due to the Swan Valley being noted as one of the hottest viticultural regions in the world. Partly because of this, and as a reaction to the emergence of the Margaret River and Great Southern regions spanning the far south western corner of the state, a large number of producers have deserted the area with the numbers of vineyards shrinking. Tasmania, off the coast of Victoria, is another cool climate region that has seen expansion in recent years. The vineyards are best suited to white varieties, and there are some good table and sparkling wines appearing such as Jansz.

Australian Red
AUST0005 ROWLANDS BROOK SHIRAZ CABERNET
A blend of rich Cabernet Sauvignon and spicy Shiraz, this wine is medium-bodied with soft, ripe blackcurrant fruit characteristics and a hint of spice. (D)

AUSTRALIA

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STIRLING HILLS SHIRAZ CABERNET


A soft medium-bodied, easy drinking red wine from South Eastern Australia with rich, ripe dark berry fruit evident on the bouquet. (C)

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RICHMOND RIDGE SHIRAZ CABERNET


Aromas of red berry and spicy aniseed are well integrated with toasty oak, silky tannins and red berry fruits are layered across the palate of this medium-bodied, distinctly fruit driven wine. (D)

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RUNAMOK SHIRAZ
Aromas of rich fruitcake, dark chocolate and liquorice are underscored on the palate by ripe blackcurrant-cassis flavours with a lovely, subtle whiff of fresh mint leaf, a sprinkling of spice and a kiss of sweet smoky oak. (D)

RUNAMOK MERLOT
Deep and inky colour, aromas of super-ripe blueberry and plum pave the way for a palate that is equally uncompromising, delivering swathes of juicy black fruit flavours tucked in with firm but well-balanced tannins - effortlessly appealing and moreish! (B)

RUNAMOK FIRESHIP RED


If its super-soft, succulent fruit and oodles of lip-smacking aromatic ripeness you're after - look no further! This perfectly balanced red delivers on all fronts! (B)

SUNNYCLIFF SHIRAZ CABERNET


Soft and velvety with flavours of cherries, plums and summer fruits. (C)

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SUNNYCLIFF CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Deep rich ruby colour, fruity berry flavours with a nice subtle oakyness on the palate. (C)

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AUST0079

McGUIGAN BLACK LABEL RED


A very popular wine, bags of soft fruit flavours, almost sweet on the palate, extremely easy drinking. (B)

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McGUIGAN BLACK LABEL MERLOT


Soft and juicy with bags of black fruit flavours and a lovely delicate finish. (B)

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HARDYS STAMPS SHIRAZ CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Rich mulberry cherry fruit integrated with vanilla oak, leading to a lovely soft, delicate finish (C)

FOUNDSTONE MERLOT
The Foundstone captures the classic qualities of Merlot. It has a deep youthful colour, with expressive aromas of plums, blackberries and violet. The palate has a velvety texture with generous flavours of sour cherries, plums and fragrant herbs with a hint of vanillin oak. (B)

YALUMBA Y SERIES MERLOT


Aromas of plums, blackberries and cedar with gentle oak tannins and ripe berries on the palate, producing a soft, smooth and velvety wine with a touch of spice. (B)

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SUNNYCLIFF VICTORIA SHIRAZ


Berry fruits on the nose which follow through to the palate. Classic Shiraz flavours, plummy pepper finish, soft and flavoursome with a hint of oak. (D)

AUSTRALIA

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YALUMBA Y SERIES SHIRAZ VIOGNIER


Full aromas of spices, liquorice and plum complimented by the supple, sweet vinous fruits and loose-knit tannins on the palate. Bright and youthful, this is a deliciously spicy, savoury and silky wine. (D)

AUST0012

LINDEMAN'S BIN 50 SHIRAZ


Full flavoured, slightly peppery and spicy, finely balanced with a soft tannic finish. (D)

AUST0008

LINDEMAN'S BIN 45 CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Intense brambly fruits with good depth of cassis flavours. (C)

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TARRANGO BROWN BROTHERS


Delicate flavours of cherry, raspberry, redcurrant and a hint of spice, producing a fresh light bodied red wine that is at its best when served chilled. (A)

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WATERSTONE BRIDGE MERLOT


Plum, vanilla, violets and spice on the nose with rich soft fruit, hints of plums, with soft supple tannin leaving a lingering smooth finish. (B)

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TYRRELL'S OLD WINERY SHIRAZ


Shiraz is the undisputable great red grape variety of Australia, this Old Winery Shiraz is a smooth, soft and spicy red with good length and complexity. (D)

BROWN BROTHERS EVERTON RED


This medium-bodied wine is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It makes attractive drinking as a young wine. Lifted aromas of ripe berries and blackcurrant along with hints of delicate oak. The wine displays nice fruit intensity, a rounded mouthfeel - an easy to drink style with fine tannins and balanced acidity. (C)

TYRRELL'S OLD WINERY CABERNET MERLOT


This popular red wine neatly combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for a full, rich, mouthfilling experience. (B)

KARRI OAK ESTATE CABERNET MERLOT


Full-bodied and elegant with distinctive ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit aromas and flavours. Easy drinking with delicate tannins and an attractive soft finish. (B)

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TYRRELL'S OLD WINERY PINOT NOIR


In 1972, two acres of Pinot Noir grapes were planted, which were among the first commercial plantings of this variety in the area. Easy drinking and medium-bodied, displaying fresh berry flavours alongside complex gamey characters. (D)

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GEOFF MERRILL PIMPALA ROAD SHIRAZ


Intense aromas of cedar, spice and toast support the wines mulberry sweet fruit and white pepper. Well integrated tannins with silky textured mouthfeel offer layers of flavour with wonderful length. (D)

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YALUMBA ORGANIC RIVERLAND SHIRAZ


Made with organic winemaking techniques this wine was fermented with indigenous yeast with little intervention from the winemaker. The wine was matured for 22 months in one year old American oak hogsheads which were made at the Yalumba winery. Dark red in colour with an aroma of mixed forest floor flavours, balanced with dried plums and an earthy, savoury complexity. This medium to full-bodied Shiraz wine has a balance of red fruits and earthy, cedar textures and finishes with fine, earthy tannins. (D)

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EARTHWORKS BAROSSA SHIRAZ


Ripe dark cherries, summer pudding and blackberry jam with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Rich and juicy with flavours of wild blackberries and black forest cake. The tannins are ripe and generous, while the finish is fresh, lingering and leaves the impression of ripe summer berries. (D)

WOLFBLASS YELLOW LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Seductive and complex fruit with good use of oak to lift the flavours. (C)

REDBANK THE LONG PADDOCK SHIRAZ


Long Paddock Shiraz is crimson red in colour, the wine shows a floral lift of purple flowers combined with the juicy sweetness of dark plums. A medium-bodied wine showing freshness, a juicy mid palate and finishing with soft tannins. Delicious current drinking but will also benefit from 3 to 5 years in the cellar. (D)

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RUNNING WITH BULLS TEMPRANILLO


In Australia there are many contemporary styles of wines being made from this variety - fresh, juicy and vibrant. Fermentation with yeasts indigenous to the vineyard was followed by maturation in mature oak barrels. The aroma is floral with rose petals and raspberries with a hint of nutmeg. The palate has a mouth-wateringly juicy weight that is long and finishes with subtle gravelly tannins. (B)

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YALUMBA BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ VIOGNIER


Concentrated with aromas of ripe sweet berry fruit, aniseed and cloves, supported by smoky vanillin oak. The palate features intense plum, berry and liquorice characters, finishing with long grainy tannins. (D)

YALUMBA BUSH VINE GRENACHE


Soft and full flavoured with intense varietal character on the nose, ripe plums, cloves and spices interwoven with fragrant chocolate and truffle notes, the generous palate shows sweet berry, cherry and spice characters. Made from 70 year old Grenache bush vines - this is Barossa Grenache at its best. (B)

VASSE FELIX CABERNET MERLOT


Fresh with up-lifted fruit and good depth of concentration the primary fruit characters are well-defined and varietal with aromas of cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and spice aroused edges. (C)

TWO IN THE BUSH SHIRAZ


A smoky, rubbery nose, classic Shiraz flavours of lush plums, blackcurrant and damsons with a rich, flavoursome finish. (D)

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RIDDOCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Almost black in colour. Rich, ripe and complex, the bouquet is a voluptuous infusion of red berry, chocolate, mint, mushroom and cassis-like cabernet aromas merging with lifted, spicy new oak. It is full-bodied with persistent and mouth-filling ripe berry flavour and excellent structure. (C)

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TWO IN THE BUSH MERLOT CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Beautiful nose full of bramble fruits with a soft, jammy flavour and subtle tannins on the palate. (B)

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RIDDOCH CABERNET SHIRAZ


Finely structured and supple wine showing ripe plum and spicy fruit flavours combined with soft, understated oak. (D)

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PENFOLDS BIN 28 KALIMNA SHIRAZ 2002


A blend of Shiraz from selected South Australian vineyards, including the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyards. This full-flavoured, classic Shiraz spends at least a year maturing in older American oak to achieve a balance of ripe, spicy fruit, toasty oak and velvety soft tannins. (D)

HOLLICK COONAWARRA PINOT NOIR 2006


Medium-bodied, plum red, blackberry fruit with soft spice, silky smooth palate and long finish. (D)

DOMAINE TERLATO & CHAPOUTIER SHIRAZ - VIOGNIER


A collaborative effort between two renowned wine families, French wine mastermind Michel Chapoutier, together with Napa Valley vintner Anthony Terlato. Spicy Shiraz brightens with a small amount of Viognier for aroma and balance. (D)

CAPE MENTELLE CABERNET MERLOT 2007


Cape Mentelle has developed an international reputation for long lived Cabernet and this blend seeks to capture the quality of the varieties that, when blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Malbec, create a well rounded, full and rich style. A concentrated palate of fresh currants and ripe cherries, generous texture and fruit weight are complemented by savoury oak, creating a long, even palate with fine delicate tannins. (C)

KALLESKE CLARRY'S RED 2006


Delicious sweet cherry, strawberry and framboise aromas along with hints of white pepper and spice soar from the glass of this yummy red. Full-bodied, seductive, and filled with pleasure, it is a classic, hedonistic, fruit driven effort that admirably displays the purity of Barossa Valley fruit. (D)

MOSS WOOD CABERNET MERLOT 2004


Restrained nose with savoury, dark plum and cassis aromas, ripe but savoury rather than sweet fruit. Smooth texture, impressive depth of flavour and restrained power. The fruit oak and tannins have integrated admirably and the finish is firm though approachable. (C)

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BOTHAM MERRILL WILLIS SHIRAZ


A collaboration between cricketers Ian Botham, Bob Willis and winemaker Geoff Merrill formed after the English tour of Australia in 1978. This wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 19 months before bottling and displays itense aromas of pepper and liquorice complimented by a cigar box oak bouquet and a balanced fruit tannin palate. It is medium bodied with a long dry finish. (D)

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JARAMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON COONAWARRA 2007


The wine has ripe flavours of black cherry and cassis, followed by subtle secondary characters of cinnamon, spice and cedar from French oak maturation. The palate is elegant and the finish is long and persistent. (D)

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WOODSTOCKS 'THE STOCKS' SHIRAZ 2000


Scott Collett's finest wine, made from one hundred year old vines and matured in oak barrels for two years, continues to improve with age. (D)

JIM BARRY McRAE WOOD SHIRAZ 2005


Spicy aromas of sweet plum, blackberry and liquorice, rich fruit character and velvety tannins followed by a long, elegant finish with plums. (D)

PENFOLDS BIN 407 2001


South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, blackcurrant and mint flavours blended with vanilla oak, showing good complexity and depth, will benefit from further cellaring. (C)

YALUMBA THE SIGNATURE BAROSSA CAB SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ 2005


Deep dark red in colour this wine displays aromas which are dense and curranty, yet pure and bright. The nose shows lifted florals, violets and chocolate mints. The palate is brooding and serious with dark chocolate hazelnuts and warm generosity. The Signature finishes with long fine powdery tannins. (C)

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HENSCHKE MOUNT EDELSTONE SHIRAZ 1999


The 80-year-old ungrafted dry-grown vines are low yielding, producing intensity of colour, depth of fruit flavours, complexity and palate length. Hand picked and matured in new and seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for 21 months. A harmless crust may develop in the bottle due to minimal handling during wine making and it is recommended that the wine is decanted before serving. (D)

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MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2000


Over the last 30 years Moss Wood has gone from an excellent vineyard in the Margaret river to one of Australia's greatest.Today the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon is considered by many to be the best in Australia and the maritime climate means that it is often mistaken for a top class Pauillac. (C)

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WAKEFIELD ST ANDREWS SHIRAZ 2004


This is a elegant full wine with rich texture. Fruit flavours of purple berries are complimented by subtle spice and faint cedar which bring pleasurable warmth to the palate. The finish is long and persistent. (D)

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MOSS WOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005


Undertones of earth, chocolate and malt biscuits, combined with camphor and wax. The nose is then completed by an oak combination of toast, vanillin, cedar and lead pencil shavings.This impact of fresh fruit characters continues on the palate,the tannins are ripe and provide a long platform for these fruit flavours, with a firm but smooth texture. Complex flavours of chocolate, coffee and cedar fill out across the back palate and then the finish is a combination of oak characters, including toast, cedar and malt. (C)

THOMAS HARDY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1993


Aged for 18 months in French and American oak, rich mouthfilling fruit with soft ripe tannins. Will continue to improve over the next 10 years. (C)

PENFOLDS BIN 389 2001


Combining the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 is matured in American oak casks (including those that held the previous vintage of Penfolds Grange), and features rich varietal flavours, balanced oak complexity and a firm finish. (C)

Australian White
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Full-bodied with ripe peach, melon like bouquet, smooth and round on the palate with good length and a crisp finish. (3)

AUSTRALIA

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ROWLANDS BROOK SEMILLON CHARDONNAY


Soft and easy drinking, flavoursome, crisp and dry with attractive nose and palate. (3)

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RICHMOND RIDGE SEMILLON CHARDONNAY


This crisp, full flavoured wine combines the richness of Chardonnay with the apricot flavours of Semillon to give an instantly appealing easy drinking wine. (3)

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RUNAMOK CHARDONNAY
Ripe tropical and citrus character, with subtle oak, lovely hints of vanilla scent and a soft, rounded finish. (2)

SUNNYCLIFF VICTORIA CHARDONNAY


Rich golden straw colour, ripe honeyed fruit with tropical flavours and a hint of oak on the palate - Textbook Chardonnay! (2)

WATERSTONE BRIDGE RESERVE CHARDONNAY


Rich, yet elegant flavours of tropical fruit, a silky texture and long, lingering finish. (2)

YALUMBA Y SERIES RIESLING


Crisp and lively with an abundance of lime and grapefruit aromas and a delicate floral fragrance. Tropical fruit flavours on the palate lead to a refreshing lemon acidity on the finish. (3)

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AUST0011

LINDEMAN'S CHARDONNAY BIN 65


Fragrant bouquet with hints of melon and peach, complimented by the fine nuttiness of new oak. The palate has generous soft fruit and a crisp finish. (2)

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AUSTRALIA

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YALUMBA Y SERIES VIOGNIER


Heady perfume of honeysuckle, intense lemon and hints of spice, the palate is rich, luscious and silky with citrus tropical fruit and lychee flavours. (3)

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YALUMBA Y SERIES UNWOODED CHARDONNAY


Rich aromas of melon, grapefruit and a trickle of honey, fresh tropical fruit flavours of peach, pineapple and fig, creating a zesty fruit driven Chardonnay. (2)

AUST0515

TYRRELL OLD WINERY VERDELHO S


Exhibits an intense sweet tropical nose with lifted musk characteristics. Rich tropical fruit and honey flavours fulfill the palate, complemented by a crisp lemony finish. (3)

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TYRRELL'S OLD WINERY HUNTER VALLEY SEMILLON


Old Winery Semillon is an attractive wine style with soft lemon and lime flavours and a clean refreshing palate sourced from the Hunter Valley. (4)

AUST0045

BROWN BROTHERS CHENIN BLANC


Refreshing flavours of fully ripened grapes, melon and a slight grassy character, this unwooded white wine is balanced by a crisp, fresh finish. (3)

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MITCHELL SEMILLON
Rich peachy and apricot flavours with a nice smooth finish. (2)

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BERTON VINEYARDS THE WHITE VIOGNIER


This alluring Viognier displays lifted aromas of apricot, orange blossom and peach. Fresh flavours of citrus zest and tropical fruits fill the palate and linger to create a long finish. (3)

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KARRI OAK ESTATE SEMILLON SAUVIGNON


Light and bright with tropical fruit characters on the nose. Citrus and lime flavours show through on the palate and are balanced by crisp acidity. Cold fermentation and early bottling have captured the lively fresh flavours. (3)

AUSTRALIA

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WOLFBLASS YELLOW LABEL CHARDONNAY


Aged in American oak casks giving a rich butterscotch flavour on the palate. (2)

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GEOFF MERRILL PIMPALA ROAD CHARDONNAY


Aromas of pineapple, melon and lemon with some stone fruit. Fermentation and maturation in French oak, coupled with the beginnings of bottle development have added complexity. The palate shows initial melon fruit through citrus and stone fruit then back to a clean lively citrus finish. (2)

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YALUMBA ORGANIC RIVERLAND VIOGNIER


The aroma is intense white flowers - particularly honeysuckle and apricot nectar. The palate is rich and long, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. This wine exhibits the typical Viognier texture-silky, rich and luscious with a fresh finish. (3)

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BROWN BROTHERS PINOT GRIGIO


Brown brothers Pinot Grigio is crisp, fresh and savoury. It boasts fresh aromas of citrus and pear, while the palate offers some distinct savoury characters and a crisp finish full of delicate acidity thanks to the cool climate fruit. (3)

YALUMBA EDEN VALLEY WILD FERMENTED CHARDONNAY


Layers of complexity, fine textures and flavours of hazelnuts and figs. These wild characters are balanced by fresh and lively citrus fruit flavours and a subtle smokiness from the wine's partial fermentation in French oak barriques. (2)

REDBANK THE LONG PADDOCK PINOT GRIGIO


This wine is light to medium bodied with a mouth-watering, crunchy citrus mid-palate balanced with fruit sweetness and minerality. Aromas of stone fruits combined with fresh spices, herbs and nashi pears and lifted fresh florals of white flowers. (3)

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YALUMBA EDEN VALLEY VIOGNIER


This wine from Barossa's Eden Valley, is rich and opulent with intense varietal flavour. Classic apricot and white peach flavours combine with citrus freshness and a hint of spice. (3)

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VASSE FELIX ADAMS ROAD CHARDONNAY


This Chardonnay has lifted aromas of grapefruits, crisp pears, grilled nuts and toast. A crisp wine with star fruit and lemon infused palate and a creamy mouth-feel imparted by lees stirring in high quality French oak barriques. (2)

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PEWSEY VALE RIESLING


A hint of toast overlies the still intense lime and citrus fruit. Citrus dominant, lime juice and marmalade and finishing with a crushed stone minerality. (3)

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TWO IN THE BUSH SEMILLON SAUVIGNON


A really lush wine, rich in apricot and peach flavours with a nice refreshing acidity to finish. (3)

CAPE MENTELLE SAUVIGNON SEMILLON


Heady aromas of passionfruit, orange blossom, ripe lemons and notes of tarragon mingle with a waft of vanilla derived from barrel fermentation. The palate is creamy and textural with vibrant, flamboyant citrus flavours that finish crisp and clean with great length and focus. (3)

BOTHAM MERRILL WILLIS CHARDONNAY


A collaboration between cricketers Ian Botham, Bob Willis and wine maker Geoff Merrill formed after the English tour of Australia in 1978. Fermented and matured in French oak hogsheads for 17 weeks before bottling. The resultant wine displays citrus and melon fruit aromas complimented by a subtle oak bouquet and a crisp, clean finish. (2)

Australian Rose
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GEOFF MERRILL PIMPALA ROAD GRENACHE SHIRAZ ROSE


Striking rose petal pink with violet hues. The aroma displays the best of Grenache, cherries and raspberry's with hints of liquorice and blackberry from the Shiraz.The palate is smooth and seamless with fresh fruit flavours backed by an underlying savoury feel with a generous fruity, dry and clean finish. (4)

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BROWN BROTHERS PINOT GRIGIO ROSE


Bright, light strawberry colour. It boasts fresh aromas of watermelon, pear and subtle savoury characters, while the palate is crisp and racy with a delicate lively lift. (4)

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PIRIE SOUTH PINOT NOIR 2008


This vintage has brought out a more feminine side to the wine, with medium colour and a gentle, softly structured mouth-feel. However the aromas and flavours are serious Pinot, showing some delicate forest floor and fruits-of-the-forest notes. (D)

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Argentina
The wines of Argentina have a history that has grown through the years beginning in the mid-16th century. A Chilean friar first brought wine into Argentina via a cutting. As he nurtured the seedlings, wine-making in Argentina began to morph and evolve leading to the origin of two important wine regions: Mendoza and Cuyo in the years of 1561 and 1562. To further the wine development in these areas, vine cuttings were imported from Santiago del Estero, an Argentine city. The 19th century opened another venue of wine-making with the arrival of European settlers. The presence of the French, Italians, and Spaniards added another flavour to the developing Argentine wine. Until the early 1990s, Argentina produced more wine than any other country outside Europe, though the majority of it was considered unexportable! However, the desire to increase exports fuelled significant advances in quality. Argentine wines started being exported during the 1990s, and are currently growing in popularity, making it now the second biggest wine exporter in Latin America behind Chile. The major wine regions of Argentina are located in the western part of the country among the foothills of the Andes Mountains, most of the regions have a semi-arid desert-like climate with annual rainfall rarely exceeding more than 10 inches. There are many different varieties of grapes cultivated in Argentina, reflecting her many immigrant groups. The French brought Auxerrois, which became known as Malbec, the Italians brought vines that they called Bonarda, Torronts is another typically Argentine grape and is mostly found in the provinces of La Rioja, San Juan and Salta. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and other international varieties are becoming more widely planted, but some varieties are cultivated characteristically in certain areas.

Wine is the drink of Gods, Milk is the drink of babies, Tea is the drink of women, and water is the drink of beasts.
John Stuart Blackie

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The vineyards at the foothills of the Andes in winter.

Argentinian Red
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Good structure and spicy aromas, deep, rich red with immense fruitiness. (D)

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ALTO PAMPAS DEL SUR MALBEC


Ripe and lush Malbec combining a lively red colour with smooth tannins and red summer fruit flavours. (B)

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ALTO PAMPAS DEL SUR PINOT NOIR


This intense ruby red Pinot Noir displays delicate floral notes, specially violets and wild roses. Its fresh and young palate benefits from a touch of wood. (D)

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SANTA JULIA MALBEC


Lovely soft and lush wine with berry fruit flavours in abundance. (C)

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RESERVE PAMPAS DEL SUR CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Full flavoured and well structured, masses of dark fruits on the palate, damsons, plums and blackberries fill the mouth, a super wine! (C)

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RESERVE PAMPAS DEL SUR MALBEC


Masses of lush bramble fruit flavours, a superb jammy finish and very, very moorish! (B)

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RESERVE PAMPAS DEL SUR SYRAH


Soft summer fruits, quite a delicate wine with notes of raspberries showing on the palate. (E)

1884 RESERVE SYRAH


A Syrah unlike those from the Rhone, full, rich aromas of raspberries and red berries, lush and full flavoured with a deep, rich and generous finish - superb! (D)

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PASCUAL TOSO MALBEC


This wine has won more awards than any other Malbec from Argentina. On the nose it is clean and fruitfull, aromas of plums & quince with a little touch of elegant oak. The palate has a mild bouquet, blackberry and liquorice fruit that keeps a firm grip through the finish. Thick and burly. Rich and long finish with smoky accents of vanilla and lingering oak. (B)

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1884 RESERVE MALBEC


Full of lush bramble fruit nuances, blackberries fill the palate with a lovely velvety texture and a nice soft, smooth finish. (C)

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PASCUAL TOSO MERLOT


Fresh ripe red berry and blackberry fruit. Sweet smoke and ripe. Well-built. This wine is ideal with wild or red meats, spicy pastas and fine fermented cheeses or Roquefort. (B)

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PASCUAL TOSO CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Nice focused blackberry, bramble, with dark chocolate and judicious toast coming in on the finish. Well-built structure. Concentrated and firm tannins, give the wine a great personality. (C)

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ALPATACO PINOT NOIR


Alpataco is a thorney bush that embodies the resilience needed to prosper in the endless Patagonian plains. Hand picked from vineyards located on the Neuquen river valley, the grapes shw a remarkable freshness and richness of flavours that translate into this attractive and vibrant wine which is aged for 6 months in French and American oak barrels. (D)

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GOUGUENHEIM MALBEC
Dark red colour, rich and strong, aromas include scents of plums, black cherry, blackcurrant, chocolates and violets. Round and supple with a long finish. (B)

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GOUGUENHEIM MERLOT
Beautifully structured wine, exceptionally soft and smooth, full of bramble fruits on the palate and a lovely velvety finish. Classic Merlot!! (B)

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GOUGUENHEIM SHIRAZ
Rich and round Shiraz with masses of dark plums and damson flavours. Full of fruit flavours on the palate with a lovely lush mouthfeel. (D)

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Argentinian White
ARGE0001 PAMPAS DEL SUR CHARDONNAY CHENIN
Chardonnay offers tropical fruit and honey, combined with the delicate, crisp fruit flavours of Chenin, creating an harmonious and elegant wine. (3)

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ALTO PAMPAS DEL SUR CHARDONNAY


This light yellow Chardonnay with greenish hues, has in its aromas a delicious sensation of tropical fruits that makes it a fresh wine, with an elegant finish. (2)

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ALTO PAMPAS DEL SUR VIOGNIER


Vibrant yellow colour with greenish tones, apricot, honey and tropical fruit aromas come together to produce a delicious fresh wine. (3)

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SANTA JULIA PINOT GRIGIO


Fresh, crisp and full of citrus fruit flavours. (3)

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PASCUAL TOSO SAUVIGNON BLANC


Good acidity, with a degree of softness. Delightful fruit flavours that linger. Quite rich, with pink grapefruit, melon flashes, and a full-bodied, almost sweet finish. (2)

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GOUGUENHEIM CHARDONNAY
Brimming with aromas of apples and pears, and a hint of honey. Aged for 3 months in oak, it offers elegance and body with notes of tropical fruits, almonds and spices giving a long, fresh and smooth finish. (2)

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The aromas of honey and apricots fill the glass, then lead onto the palate with a beautiful richness. Ouzing with lush stone fruit flavours, a superb, quaffable wine ideal for all occasions! (3)

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ALPATACO CHARDONNAY
Grown on the Patagonian plains and hand picked from the vineyards this Chardonnay has a distinct creamy nose that follows through to the palate, nice buttery and vanilla flavours are also evident. (2)

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PASCUAL TOSO MALBEC ROSE


The bright colour seduces and invites you to taste. On the nose it is very aromatic, white plums, ripe cherry and morello cherry. On the palate, the combination of red fruits gives an intense and refreshing taste. (3)

California
The state of California was first introduced to Vitis vinifera vines in the 18th century by the Spanish, who planted vineyards with each mission they established. The California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century brought waves of new settlers to the region, increasing the population and local demand for wine. The newly growing wine industry took hold in Northern California around the counties of Sonoma County and Napa. Chinese immigrants played a prominent role in the developing of the Californian wine industry during this period - building wineries, planting vineyards, digging the underground cellars and harvesting grapes. Nowadays California accounts for nearly 90 per cent of entire American wine production, the production in California alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer!

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.


Alexander Fleming

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Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, rangeing from small boutique wineries to large corporations. While Californian winemakers increasingly craft wines in more "Old World" or European wine styles, most Californian wines favour simpler, more fruit dominant New World wines. The reliably warm weather allows many wineries to use very ripe fruit which brings up a more fruit forward rather than earthy or mineralic style of wine. It also creates the opportunity for higher alcohol levels with many Californian wines having over 13.5%. Californian Chardonnay differs greatly from wines like Chablis with Californian winemakers frequently using malolactic fermentation and oak aging to make buttery, full-bodied wines. Sauvignon blancs are not as herbaceous as wines from the Loire Valley or New Zealand but do have racy acidity and fresh, floral notes. Some Sauvignon blanc are given time in oak which can dramatically change the profile of the wine, and are sometimes known as Fume Blanc. The style of Cabernet Sauvignon that first put California on the world's wine map at the Judgment of Paris is still a trademark style today. The wines are known for their concentration of fruits and structure which produces lush, rich wines that can age well. Merlot became widely planted in the 1990s due to its wide popularity, and is still the highest selling of all varietal wines in the country. Merlot planted on better sites tend to produce a plush, concentrated style. The profile of Californian Pinot Noir generally favours a more intense, fruity style than the subtler, more elegant wines of Burgundy or Oregon. Until being passed by Cabernet in 1998, Zinfandel was the most widely planted red wine grape in California. This was due in part to the wide popularity of White Zinfandel. Despite being made from the same grape, the only similarity between White and Red Zinfandel is the name. Red Zinfandel is a powerful, fruity wine with high levels of acidity and a jammy type flavour. White Zinfandel is a thin, slightly sweet blush wine with delicate summer fruit notes.

Californian Reds
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ORCHID BOULEVARD MERLOT


Lovely aromas of raspberries followed by nice jammy flavours on the palate. (B)

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A fruit driven, soft Merlot with a deep garnet colour and gentle aromas of chocolate and violets. On the palate, black cherry and plum fruit flavours leading to a long, toasty finish. (B)

ANGELS FLIGHT RED ZINFANDEL


Brimming with rich flavours of dark plums and damsons, full and lush, a real mouthful! (E)

BERINGER STONE CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Rich and smooth with slight rubbery undertones and vibrant plum and berry fruit flavours. (C)

BERINGER STONE CELLARS MERLOT


Soft and richly flavoured with fresh red berry fruit and dark plums, forming a gently rounded wine with supple tannins. (B)

BERINGER STONE CELLARS ZINFANDEL


Characters of dark berries, liquorice and fruitcake, the palate is rich and soft with lovely spicy notes. (E)

JARGON PINOT NOIR


This is about as easy going a Pinot Noir as you will ever find. Bright red fruits, juicy and delicious, with a soft and smooth mouth feel and no tannins in sight. A right good drink! (D)

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Very fine complex oak and blackcurrant bouquet, rich, powerful and concentrated. (C)

Californian Whites
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A nice rich Sauvignon brimming with tropical fruit flavours. (2)

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ANGELS FLIGHT CHARDONNAY


Bursting with lush tropical fruit flavours of pineapples, peaches and lemons with a nice touch of toasted oak to add complexity and balance. (2)

BERINGER STONE CELLARS CHARDONNAY


Bright tropical fruit and citrus aromas that lead into mouth-filling flavours of apples and pears. Long finish and a nice, soft creaminess. (2)

BERINGER APPELLATION COLLECTION SAUVIGNON BLANC


Fresh, rich and full flavoured, this Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes selected from vineyards located in the Napa Valley. (2)

BERINGER PRIVATE COLLECTION NAPA VALLEY CHARDONNAY


Fantastic Chardonnay, rich and rounded with lush flavours of apricots and honey with a long, long finish. One of California's top Chardonnays. (2)

ORCHID BOULEVARD WHITE ZINFANDEL


Lush strawberry notes on the nose which follow through to the palate to give a slightly sweeter taste than the normal White Zinfandels. (6)

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Light style rose, delicate strawberry notes with a nice fresh zingy finish. (5)

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Pale pink in colour, light and fruity, slightly sweet on the palate. (5)

ANGELS FLIGHT WHITE ZINFANDEL


Crisp and full of raspberry flavours, light and delicate. (4)

BERINGER STONE CELLARS WHITE ZINFANDEL


Picked at the peak of maturity and brought into the winery for gentle crushing. Beringer's winemakers then used slow, cool fermentations to preserve the vibrant, fresh strawberry, honeydew, and citrus aromas and flavours. (4)

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Chile
Flavour, colour and centuries of experience, are some of the features that make Chilean wines some of the most popular in the world. The valleys of Chile receive an ideal combination of soil, sunlight, temperature and humidity, which lead to world class grapes and wine. Chilean wines are among the most organic, due to the dry summer season, their vineyards resist infestation and natural geographic barriers have protected the country from the arrival of Phylloxera and other diseases. The absence of these threats, allows producers to grow their vineyards with reduced dependence on chemical agents. Chilean wine history begins with the arrival of Spanish conquerors. In the mid-sixteenth century, the missionaries introduced the vines to produce wine for Catholic mass rituals. It is believed that the first vineyards in Chile were planted by Francisco de Aguirre Copiap in northern Chile. Diego Garcia de Caceres first planted vines in 1554 in Santiago. The grapes from the Santiago area were used in the mass production of wine, according to records dating back to 1555.

I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, She drove me to drink; Thats the one thing Im indebted to her for.
W. C. Fields

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The cultivation of vines and wine production moved south during the next one hundred years, reaching beyond the Bio Bio River. In the mid-18th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for ageing. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer.

The main wine regions:


Aconcagua, within the Valparaiso Region. It includes two subregions, the Valley of Aconcagua and the Valley of Casablanca. Casablanca is one of Chile's cooler wine regions and is often compared to the Californian wine region of Carneros and grows similar grape varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Casablanca's growing seasons last up to a month longer than other regions, typically harvesting in April. The northern region of Aconcagua is Chile's warmest wine region and is primarily planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Valle Central, within Valle Central there are four sub-regions: the Maipo Valley, the Rapel Valley, the Curic Valley and the Maule Valley. This is Chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due in large part to its close proximately to the country's capital Santiago. It is located directly across the Andes' from Argentina's most well known wine region Mendoza Province. The Maipo Valley is the most widely cultivated valley and is known for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Rapel wine region in the Colchagua Province and is also known for its Cabernet. Curic has both red and white wine varieties planted but is most widely known for its Chardonnay. The Maule Valley still has large plantings of the local Pais but is gradually being planted with better red wine varieties. Southern Chile, has two sub-regions the Itata Valley and Bo-Bo Valley. Primarily known for its mass produced Pais box and jug wines, though Concha y Toro Winery has experimented with Gewrztraminer from this region.

Chilean Reds
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Bags of bramble fruits on the nose followed by a lush blackcurrant fruit palate and smooth finish. (B)

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LOS VILOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Berry fruits on the nose, the richness of the Cabernet fruit blends well with a small proportion of Merlot, giving a well-rounded wine with soft tannins. (C)

LOS VILOS MERLOT


Soft and approachable, rich berry flavours and very easy drinking. (B)

SONATA CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Soft and easy drinking Cabernet with red berry fruit flavours in abundance. (C)

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VICUNA CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT


Full of bramble fruit flavours, velvety and soft, an easy drinking wine. (B)

LADERA VERDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Fruity berry flavours, soft and silky on the palate. (C)

LADERA VERDE MERLOT


Merlot provides forward fruit and easy drinkability, while a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon offers structure and longevity, producing a soft, dry red wine. (B)

PATO TORRENTE MERLOT


Deep ruby red colour, typical plummy varietal character with soft berry fruits in abundance on the palate. (B)

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PATO TORRENTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Robust with rich flavours of dark berry fruits and a nice smooth, velvety finish. (C)

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Intense nose of red and black fruits, with notes of black pepper, coffee and sweet oak with a fruity and concentrated finish. (B)

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MAIDEN FLIGHT RESERVE SHIRAZ


This elegant Shiraz has intense black cherries and berry aromas, together with notes of chocolate, mocha and violet flowers. It has good structure with a nice peppery finish. (D)

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DE MARTINO ORGANIC CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Deep red with dark fruit aromas, full-bodied with lush flavours of blackberries and plums with a pleasant finish. (C)

CABERNET SAUVIGNON ANTIGUAS MACUL


Made from pre-phylloxera vines, this unique wine is from one of the oldest family owned estates in Chile and is acclaimed for its outstanding value and quality. (C)

VINEDO CHADWICK 1999


Powerful and full-bodied with spicy blackberry, cherry and tobacco characteristics. Ripe tannins create a deliciously velvety texture through the palate to a long smooth lingering finish. Will continue to gain complexity over the next ten years. (C)

Chilean Whites
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A fresh, clean and crisp wine with a rich, ripe and fruity character. (2)

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Fresh and racy with bags of zesty citrus fruit flavours. (2)

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LOS VILOS CHARDONNAY


Wonderful value, clean, fresh Chardonnay - medium weight with crisp fruit flavours. (2)

SONATA CHARDONNAY
Rich and full flavoured Chardonnay with nice stone fruit flavours. (2)

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LADERA VERDE CHARDONNAY


A nice full flavoured wine with lush tropical and honey aromas and lovely white stone fruits on the palate. (2)

VICUNA SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON


Hints of lemon and lime from the Sauvignon combine well with the peachy flavours of Semillon to give a wonderfully fruity, off dry style enjoyable anytime! (3)

LADERA VERDE SAUVIGNON BLANC


Sauvignon provides complexity and style while a small amount of Semillon offers fruity bouquet and balance, creating a fresh, zingy wine with heaps of citrus fruit flavours. One of our most popular wines. (2)

PATO TORRENTE SAUVIGNON BLANC


Flowery perfume bouquet, crisp, fresh and dry on the palate. Great value! (2)

PATO TORRENTE CHARDONNAY


Fruity buttery and rich with complex flavours. (2)

LOS GANSOS GEWURZTRAMINER


This Gewurztraminer, planted in the Rapel valley, demonstrates the value of such perfect grape growing conditions. The wine is wonderfully fresh with exceptional fruit and well balanced acidity. (2)

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LOS ANDES VIOGNIER


Expressive nose showing floral character underlined by notes of peaches, apricots and cherimoya. The palate is full-bodied and lasting with a nice freshness on the finish. (3)

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Chilean Rose
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Elegant bright pink wine, rich in red fruit, strawberry and raspberry aromas. Dry, smooth and well balanced, chill down and enjoy on those long hot summer days. (4)

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COUSINO MACUL CHARDONNAY


Unoaked Chardonnay, delightfully fresh and expressive with vibrant aromas of citrus and tropical fruit and a crisp, full flavour. (2)

MAIDEN FLIGHT RESERVE CHARDONNAY


This brightly golden Chardonnay has intense citric aromas, with mineral and oak notes, very fruity and elegant with a long and fresh finish. (2)

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MAIDEN FLIGHT RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC


This seductive Sauvignon Blanc has fruity notes of limes and grapefruit, together with soft traces of stone fruit and white flowers. Balanced, elegant and with mineral characteristics, a super wine to be enjoyed anywhere and anytime! (2)

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DE MARTINO ORGANIC SAUVIGNON BLANC


Lovely bright colour with aromas of citrus fruits, on the palate it is vibrant, zesty and has good balance of acidity. (2)

Lebanon
Lebanese winemaking was revived in 1857, when Jesuit monks planted Cinsault vines from Algeria at Chateau Ksara near Zahl in the central Bekaa Valley. In 1868 a French engineer, Eugne Franois Brun, set up Domaine des Tourelles, and others followed, notably Gaston Hochar's Chateau Musar in 1930. Musar would become the standard bearer for Lebanese wines in the West, famous for taking grapes through the front lines of the Lebanese Civil War which separated the vineyards from the winery. The French influence between the World Wars promoted a culture of wine drinking, as did the sophisticated Mediterranean culture of Beirut at that time. Lebanese winemakers have favoured French grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rhone varietals such as Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache. However Lebanon has a rich heritage of indigenous grapes which are attracting more attention, for instance Musar White is made from a blend of Obaideh and Merwah.

God made only water, but man made wine!


Vixtor Hugo

LEBANON

Lebanese Reds
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This wine, a blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon expresses characteristics of this rich and powerful vintage. A full-bodied deeply concentrated wine that is high in alcohol with a long finish. From the Chateau Musar stable. (C)

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MASSAYA BEKAA VALLEY CLASSIC RED


Really appealing meaty, spicy nose with rich chocolaty fruit. Really lovely meaty, spicy fruit on the palate. A soft-ish sort of wine but quite beguiling; in a modern style but with lots of character. (C)

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CHATEAU MUSAR RED 2002


Made predominately from old vines the wine is constructed from two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining third a blend of Cinsault and Carignon. The wine is vinified in the classical Bordeaux way with one to two weeks maceration followed by malolactic fermentation. It is then aged in French oak casks for three years before bottling. (C)

CHATEAU MUSAR RED 1996


Not an intensely rich concentrated vintage but one of finesse, subtlety and refinement, the wines of 1996 are beautifully harmonious with elegant long length. The Chateau Musar 1996 is a classic vintage most suited to roast lamb - there is no match!! (C)

CHATEAU MUSAR RED 1982


Soft, mellow vintage. Good balance between tannins and fully mature fruit with a peppery finish. (C)

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CHATEAU MUSAR RED 1983


Super ripe fruit resulting in a wine richly spiced and fragrant. Full-bodied, yet supple, with elegant finish. Will continue to improve over next 8 years. (C)

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Lebanese Rose
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Produced from 100% Cinsault with aromas of cherry, cassis and even violet flower. A real fruit flavour is carried through to the palate with strawberry and cherry fruits dominating. A richly flavoured summer rose wine. (3)

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CHATEAU MUSAR RED 1987


A full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault with a small amount of Syrah. (C)

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CHATEAU MUSAR RED 1985


A small vintage, fine, tannic and round. Very well-balanced with great ageing potential. (C)

Lebanese Whites
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Fresh crisp nose, fruity with some class. The palate is bright and fresh with good balance and a nice minerality. (3)

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MASSAYA BEKAA VALLEY ROSE


Quite deep coloured with a soft, herby character with a hint of sweetness to the fruit. (3)

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New Zealand
Wine making and vine growing go back to colonial times in New Zealand, but it was not until the end of the 1960s which saw the end of the New Zealand institution of the "six o'clock swill", where pubs were open for only an hour after the end of the working day and closed all Sunday, that the industry started to forge forward. The same legislative reform saw the introduction of bring your own licences for restaurants. This too had a profound and unexpected effect on New Zealanders' cultural approach to wine. The first production of a Sauvignon Blanc of great note appears to have occurred in 1977. Also produced in that year were superior quality wines of Muller Thurgau, Riesling and Pinotage. New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the worlds best Sauvignon Blanc. Oz Clarke, the wine critic wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was "arguably the best in the world". Historically, Sauvignon Blanc has been used in many French regions in both AOC and Vin de Pays wine. The most famous had been Frances Sancerre, it is also the grape used to make Pouilly Fum.

Alcohol the cause of, and solution, to all of lifes problems.


Homer Simpson

NEW ZEALAND
105

In the 1980s, wineries in New Zealand, especially in the Marlborough region, began producing outstanding, some critics said unforgettable, Sauvignon Blanc. "New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is like a child who inherits the best of both parents - exotic aromas found in certain Sauvignon Blancs from the New World and the pungency and limey acidity of an Old World Sauvignon Blanc like Sancerre from the Loire Valley" - Mark Oldman. One critic said that drinking one's first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was like having sex for the first time! No other region in the world can match Marlborough, the north eastern corner of New Zealand's South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes. New Zealand Reds are typically made from either a blend of varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and much less often Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec), or Pinot Noir. Recently, in Hawkes Bay there have been wines made from Syrah, either solely or blends, and even Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Excellent quality Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine is produced in New Zealand. Typically, it was Marlborough that was the commercial birthplace of New Zealand Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine. Marlborough still produces a number of high quality sparkling wines, and has attracted both investment from Champagne producers and also champanois wine-makers . Sparkling wines from Marlborough include Pelorous (from Cloudy Bay), and Montana Lindauer.

New Zealand Reds


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BABICH HAWKES BAY MERLOT CABERNET


Brambly / blackberry notes from the Cabernet mingle on the nose with the softer plum, boysenberry aromas of Merlot. The palate is of medium weight and round with upfront sweet fruit. The fruit lingers on the finish over a savoury background with light cedar oak notes. (B)

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BABICH EAST COAST PINOT NOIR


The bouquet is lifted with the aromas of strawberries and raspberries mingled with spice. The supple palate is of medium weight and has a sweet red fruited entry with spice showing its hand again. Earthy notes add a touch of complexity to the mid palate and fine coating tannins dust the finish. (D)

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MONTANA CABERNET MERLOT


Rich berry fruits combine with American oak to give complexity to the wine, enabling it to be consumed now or to be cellared for up to 4 years. (C)

FEATHERDROP HILL PINOT NOIR


Ripe, sweet dark fruit aromas and subtle touch of oak are followed on the palate by soft, rounded red fruit flavours, supported by fine grain tannins. (D)

C J PASK GIMBLETT ROAD SYRAH


Rich and elegant with white pepper and violet aromas, blackberry and raspberry on the palate with hints of cherry and fine oak. (E)

THE CROSSINGS PINOT NOIR


Lifted aromas of black plums and violets. Ripe berry fruit flavours combine with savoury notes on the palate to produce a wine that is both elegant and approachable. (D)

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C J PASK CABERNET MERLOT MALBEC


Lovely ripe fruit - plummy, and intensely flavoured, rich Cabernet and velvety Merlot combine well with a hint of Malbec to create this full flavoured red, adjudged one of the best to come out of New Zealand. (C)

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DISTANT LAND HAWKES BAY MERLOT MALBEC


Spiced cloves and nutmeg feature on the nose. Ripe peachy plum and blackberry on the palate finishes with violet and toasty oak. (B)

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DOMAINE ROAD PINOT NOIR CENTRAL OTAGO 2006


Dark and red fruits, plums, cherries, dried herbs, wild thyme, orange peel, soft tannins, well balanced acids, good length, body, and structure with a spicy finish. (D)

HUNTERS MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2008


The best Pinot Noir that we have tasted, light delicate cherry fruit and savoury flavours. (D)

C.J. PASK RESERVE MERLOT 2000


A seductive Merlot with mouth-filling, intense plum and rich game flavours. Hints of coffee and spice and integrated oak enhance the richness of this wine. May be cellared for five to eight years, to add further complexity. Only limited stock available. (B)

NAUTILUS MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2009


Dark ruby in colour, with aromas of raspberries, plums, spicy oak and a hint of violets. The palate is full-bodied with fine soft tannins and generous fruit flavours adding length and structure to the intense finish. (D)

CLOUDY BAY PINOT NOIR 2007


Intensely fragrant with alluring aromas of dark plums and lifted hints of blueberry, layered over spicy sandalwood and smoky bacon. The palate is succulent and flavoursome with dark fruits and toasty oak gently supported by plush tannins. (D)

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KENNEDY POINT MERLOT 2005


Elegant Merlot with a fascinating array of fruit and savoury flavours and the sort of rich texture often found in the red wines of Waiheke Island and Bordeaux. Cassis, dark chocolate, wild herbs, liquorice, anise and spicy oak characters. A year or two in bottle has allowed the wine to settle down, giving greater flavour integration. The wine is more about vinosity than simple fruitiness. (B)

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For our range of Kennedy Point Jeroboams and Magnums see page 125/126
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KENNEDY POINT SYRAH 2007


The wine is reminiscent of a northern Rhone wine that is fermented with 2% Viognier, which lifts the aromas of pepper, spice and dark fruit. This full-bodied wine finishes with fine tannins and structured spicy fruit. It should be aged for 3 to 8 years. (D)

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ESCARPMENT KUPE PINOT NOIR MARTINBOROUGH 2008


One of New Zealand's most famous winemakers, Larry McKenna is the man behind Escarpment, his name goes hand-in-hand with the best quality Pinot Noir from New Zealand. This Pinot is made only when vintage conditions allow. More elegant than blockbuster, with great purity and minerality through cherry, plum, floral and spice flavours. Supple with subtle power and great potential. (D)

TE MATA ESTATE AWATEA CABERNET MERLOT 1998


Outstanding vintage, cellar for up to 10 years, wonderful concentration of fruit. James Halliday, the well known Australian vineyard proprietor gives this wine the maximum 5 star rating. (C)

CLAYVIN MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2002


Regarded as one of New Zealand's finest Pinots, one of the finest vintages yet from this hillside vineyard. Broad and with a complexity rarely seen in Kiwi Pinot, this is a beautifully layered and sophisticated wine with cherry note and a smooth finish. (D)

TE MATA COLERAINE CABERNET MERLOT 1996


Dark red in colour with a purple edge, an aroma of ripe blackberries, vanilla and hints of liquorice. (C)

New Zealand Whites


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Delicious wine with lovely tropical fruit flavours, from the family owned vineyard in Hawkes Bay on the North Island. (2)

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THE CROSSINGS SAUVIGNON BLANC


Powerful aroma of limes, passionfruit and herbal notes. On the palate, melon and stone fruit flavours are underpinned by zesty acidity and fruity mineral spice. (2)

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BABICH MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC


This wine has a bouquet that is bursting with passionfruit, gooseberry and redcurrent. The palate is rich, sweet fruited and complex with layers of guava, passionfruit and gooseberry. The acid/fruit balance is excellent with a lovely herbal flinty character and a lingering perfume on the finish. This is a reason why Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is so famous. Enjoy! (2)

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Twin Islands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in colour with a fragrant aroma of gooseberry and melon with a hint of grapefruit. A generous mid palate with tropical fruit and gooseberry flavours leads to a fresh zingy finish. (2)

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C J PASK INSTINCT MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC


Light golden colour with lively green tinges and delicate nettle and lime aromas, mineral and stony components on the palate provide the backbone and texture to the overlayed fruit. Quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc style incorporating very fine lime and passionfruit characters. A beautifully crafted Sauvignon Blanc with underlying power. (2)

MONTANA SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOROUGH


Crisp, dry white with tropical fruit characters. (2)

FEATHERDROP HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC


Intense ripe gooseberry aromas and subtle hints of spice are followed on the palate by mouth watering citrus concentration and elegant balance. (2)

MONTANA EAST COAST UNOAKED CHARDONNAY


Lightly oaked, medium weight, fruity Chardonnay from the east coast, displaying a mixture of peach and citrus fruit flavours. (2)

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DOMAINE ROAD SAUVIGNON BLANC


A small winery producing some wonderful wines, this is no exception! Nice gooseberry flavours with a hint of citrus. Delicious! (2)

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Intense aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit with hints of nettle leaf and lime. The palate is full flavoured with passionfruit and melon characters and has excellent weight and intensity with a typical Marlborough zing adding length to the finish. (2)

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HUNTERS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC


Luscious citrus fruit flavours, fresh dry and crisp - up there with the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs! (2)

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DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS


This wine is a stunning example of New Zealand Pinot Gris. The nose displays nectarine and melon, with a palate of pear drop and fig leading to a luscious dry finish. (3)

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JACKSON ESTATE GREEN LIP SAUVIGNON BLANC


This wine is named after the New Zealand greenlip mussel, or Perna canaliculus. Aromas of rich tropical fruits, white currant and fresh basil lead to a palate full in delivery, combining layers of fresh textured yellow fruits cut with finely balanced mineral tension. This wine is the perfect accompaniment to shellfish. (2)

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SAINT CLAIR SAUVIGNON BLANC


Zesty, aromatic wine, with flavours of apricots and nectarines coming through on the palate. (2)

DISTANT LAND MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC


The nose is elegant and opens up to reveal gooseberry and guava. A succulent palate of passion-fruit and minerality leads to a gentle finish of gooseberry and lime. (2)

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GREY WACKE SAUVIGNON BLANC


Wonderful nose of gooseberry, passionfruit and a hint of spice. Creamy full mouthfeel with passionfruit, gooseberry and lime flavours with a mineral quality. Lovely citrus flavours with a very long finish. An excellent Sauvignon by Kevin Judd ex Cloudy Bay. (2)

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New Zealand Rose


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DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC


A mixture of ripe tropical and citrus fruits, intensely varietal with an excellent balance of fruit and acidity. (2)

CLOUDY BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC


Generosity is the defining word for Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Its aromatics encapsulate a broad spectrum of varietal flavours; tropical fragrances of guava and mango to ripe lime/citrus and sweet herbs. The palate also is juicy and voluminous, combining concentrated flavours with a mineral acidity that leaves a long, fresh, intense finish. (2)

CLOUDY BAY CHARDONNAY


An irresistable mix of ripe citrus and toasted nut aromas reminiscent of grapefruit, fig and pistachio biscotti taken with chamomile tea! The palate leads with savoury notes which give way to a taut citrus core, revealing the vibrant Marlborough fruit. (2)

CLOUDY BAY TE KOKO


A tantalising infusion of jasmine flowers and sweet garden herbs with lemon and mandarine citrus steeped in ginger spice. The palate is creamy and full yet finishes with an intuitively balanced lemon citrus twist. (2)

CROSSROADS SOUTHBANK SAUVIGNON BLANC ROSE


Chilled crisp this unique Rose is bursting with the lively aromas of strawberries and watermelon. The soft red fruit on both the nose and palate beautifully plays off the Sauvignon Blanc's crisp vibrancy giving the wine a long, smooth yet fresh finish. The classic zesty gooseberry and capsicum characters of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are given new charm in this lovely example of New Zealand Rose. (3)

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South Africa
The early history of South African wine can be traced to the founding of a supply station at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company. Jan van Riebeeck was given the task of managing the station and planting vineyards to produce wine and grapes, that could be used to ward off scurvy for sailors continuing on their voyages along the spice route. In 1685, another Cape Governor, Simon van der Stel, purchased a large 1,850 acre estate, founding what would later become the world-renowned Constantia wine estate. In the 19th century, South Africa fell under British rule which proved lucrative for the wine industry as South African wine flowed into the British market. Following the devastation from the phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century, many vineyards were replanted with high yielding grape varieties such as Cinsaut. For much of the 20th century, the wine industry of South Africa received very little attention on the worldwide stage. Its isolation was further deepened by boycotts of South African products in protest at the country's system of Apartheid. It wasn't until the late 1980s and 1990s when Apartheid was ended and the world's export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance. The presence of flying winemakers from abroad brought international influences and focus on well known varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.
Latin saying

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The main wine regions:


Constantia is the historic hub of Cape wine. Closest to Cape Town, it boasts some of the most famous estate names such as Groot and Klein Constantia, and Buitenverwachting, superb Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines are produced. Durbanville and its hills north-east of Cape Town have a winemaking history dating back 280 years. Some star performers are emerging, including brilliant Sauvignon Blancs with strong contemporary focus on Shiraz and Merlot. Franschhoek lies in a contained valley, a pretty town founded by the French Huguenots in 1688. Today it is very much a boutique region with old buildings, restaurants and small producers. Paarl is another of the Capes historic towns where wine has been made for centuries. Many cellars, small and large, from boutique to co-operative, produce wine from the ordinary to the sensational. Winemakers have been concentrating on Shiraz, but some fine Chenin Blanc, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, blends, and even unusual varieties such as Viognier and Mourvdre are turned into prize-winning wines. Robertson and a few other villages lie along a fertile, if warm, valley where white wines such as Chardonnay and sparkling wine used to be the main stars. Today the move is to red varieties, especially Shiraz. Stellenbosch is, in the minds of many, the finest wine area in South Africa, claiming the crown for reds. With a list of more than 80 wineries and producers, it is also the most expensive wine farmland. Nearly all the most famous international names in South African wines are found here in an area reaching from sea-facing slopes to valley-hugging hills. This is the home of Kanonkop, Meerlust, Rustenberg, Thelema and Warwick. The list is endless. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are the stars here. Walker Bay near the coastal town of Hermanus has become another of the Capes most fashionable regions. With Elgin to the west and Bot River inland, it falls under the Overberg appellation. It is the home of Cape Pinot Noir and good Chardonnay and home to places like Hamilton-Russell.

South African Reds


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Light, fruity and easy drinking. (B)

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WIDE RIVER SHIRAZ


Rich red berry fruit aroma, full of juicy baked plum and damson flavours with a nice soft smooth finish. (D)

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Rich berry fruits on the nose, hints of pepper and spice on the palate with a dry, full and lasting after-taste. (E)

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A typical Merlot with soft berry, cassis, mint and chocolate flavours. This wine has soft tannins, is creamy on the middle palate, well balanced with a smooth aftertaste. (B)

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SPIER COLOURS MERLOT


Clear and brilliant with subtle blackberry aromas on the nose, that follow through onto the medium-bodied, soft palate. (B)

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LUTZVILLE CAPE DIAMOND PINOTAGE


Pleasant sweet berry nose with soft delicate tannins and a rich plum flavoured finish. (D)

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This wine has the typical spicy, blackberry, cassis and smoky flavour of Shiraz. The flavour comes through on the palate and you will find a complex, full-bodied wine with a long aftertaste. (D)

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SLOWINE SHIRAZ
Full of rich bramble fruit flavours, lush and long on the finish. (D)

SLOWINE MERLOT
Soft juicy fruits and chocolate notes, delicious on its own on a lazy day or with a nice slow roasted lamb! (B)

RUNNING DUCK SHIRAZ


Rich blackberry and damsons fill the palate with just a hint of spice. (D)

NIEL JOUBERT PINOTAGE


A very approachable Pinotage with rich plum and summer fruit flavours, balanced by gentle oak and soft tannins. (D)

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NIEL JOUBERT MERLOT


Attractive ripe plum nose with chocolate, coffee and vanilla, with fine, floral backing. All carrying through to the palate with addition of sweet spice to create a beautifully balanced, velvety finish. (B)

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ENGELBRECHT ELS GUARDIAN PEAK MERLOT


Inviting aromas of red berries, ripe fruits and violets developing into spices and green peppers on the nose as the wine opens up. Excellent follow through of supple berry flavours arriving on the palate with good ripe tannins to ensure presence in this young wine. Flavours of chocolate and hints of stewed fruits, especially pear and apricots appear, good weight on the mid-palate, medium but delicious finish. (B)

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MISCHA EVENTIDE SHIRAZ


This intense, vibrant Shiraz shows the deep purple of a youthful wine. The aromas are rich and peppery, with red berry and coconut undertones. On the palate there are sweet, exotic flavours highlighted by velvety round tannins. (D)

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K C CABERNET MERLOT
Deep ruby core with a lively rim. The nose is a pleasant bouquet of ripe black fruit mingling with subtle oak spice. The richly textured palate is enhanced by a sweet fruit core which adds weight and dimension to the wine. Fine tannins ensure a long lasting, flavourful finish. (C)

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PAUL CLUVER PINOT NOIR


Beautifully soft and velvety with an intense gamey nose, fresh and well balanced, smooth and seductive! (D)

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RUSTENBERG JOHN X MERRIMAN RED


This classic South African red wine is produced from low-yielding, mature vines on the South-West slopes of the Simonsberg mountain. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are blended early for complete integration and matured in barriques for 20 months. (C)

GROOT CONSTANTIA PINOTAGE 2008


Full-bodied style with intense colour and prominent varietal character, rich plummy flavours and a nice soft velvety finish. (E)

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MEERLUST ESTATE RUBICON 2004


Now celebrating its quarter century, Rubicon was the first Bordeaux blend produced in South Africa, and has rightly maintained its iconic status since then. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, each varietal is fermented separately in steel tanks and blended after malolactic fermentation. Once blended the wine is matured in Nevers oak barriques for 24 months, then aged for a further 2 years after bottling before release. The wine will age for 15 to 25 years. (C)

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ENGELBRECHT ELS PROPRIETORS BLEND 2006


Austere, cedar and pencil shavings. Spicy undertones from the Shiraz component. Wildflower aromas can be detected as the wine opens up. Black fruit flavours are prevalent, a delightful richness likened to Christmas cake. Soft Shiraz flavours can be found on the mid-palate with hints of farmyard. Great intensity experienced on the front and mid-palates. Soft tannins with considerable length. A unique blend of six varietals. Rich and rewarding. (C)

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HAMILTON RUSSELL PINOT NOIR 2005


Always in short supply, the grapes are hand harvested at optimal ripeness and traditionally vinified with minimal handling to express both their origin and the character of the vintage. (D)

South African Whites


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Lovely peach aromas with soft fruit flavours on the palate. (3)

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FREEDOM CROSS CHARDONNAY


Fruity buttery aromas giving a crisp, fresh, well balanced rounded flavour with lasting aftertaste. (2)

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FREEDOM CROSS SAUVIGNON BLANC


Attractive tropical fruit on the nose, slight hint of cut grass, crisp and fruity. (2)

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WIDE RIVER CHENIN BLANC


Bright, full flavoured and fruity. Rich grapeskin and peach character, coupled with fresh acidity. (4)

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NIEL JOUBERT SAUVIGNON BLANC


Aromas of gooseberry, sweet lime and apple with hints of fresh cut grass on the nose. A fresh and lively palate of zesty citrus fruits combine with pear and nectarine to produce a wellbalanced wine with a long, flavoursome finish. (2)

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NIEL JOUBERT CHENIN CHARDONNAY


Full, yet elegant, ripe tropical fruits match with crispy apple and citrus flavours in a wellbalanced and easy drinking style. (3)

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WIDE RIVER VIOGNIER


Intense exotic perfume of mayflowers and tropical fruits, rich honey like flavours and a lasting finish. (3)

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LUTZVILLE CHENIN BLANC


Fresh and zesty with hints of guava on the nose and delicious richness of dried fruit on the palate. (3)

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SPIER COLOURS CHENIN BLANC


Rich tropical fruit with hints of guava tones on the nose. Crisp, fresh flavour with a lingering finish. (3)

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SLOWINE CHENIN BLANC / SAUVIGNON BLANC


Soft, yet fresh with bags of flavours of wine gums, the ultimate quaffing wine! (3)

RUNNING DUCK CHENIN SAUVIGNON BLANC


Crisp and clean with tropical fruit flavours, the Sauvignon adds that subtle citrus characteristic which bursts onto the palate giving a lovely fresh finish. (3)

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Fresh green appearance. Melon, green fig and kiwi fruit aromas abound. The complex palate is rich and juicy with a fresh, flinty finish. (2)

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BOUCHARD FINLAYSON BLANC DE MER


Deliciously fragrant with an inviting, easy drinking style. Rich on the palate with a creamy elegance followed by hints of green apple and melon. (3)

PAUL CLUVER SAUVIGNON BLANC


Fresh cut grass on the nose, citrus and tropical fruits on the palate. (2)

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KLEIN CONTANTIA SAUVIGNON BLANC


One of the oldest and most respected estates in South Africa. Their cool climate Sauvignon Blanc is a Cape showpiece - lovely crisp, ripe fruit. (2)

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South African Rose


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PAUL CLUVER GEWURZTRAMINER


Wonderfully aromatic Gewurztraminer, classic oily nose, fresh and spicy - a real match for eastern dishes. (3)

HAMILTON RUSSELL CHARDONNAY 2007


Amongst the finest South African Chardonnays, 100% barrel fermented (30% new oak) showing a mix of ripe melon and butterscotch flavours. Very limited quantities. (2)

SPIER COLOURS ROSE


An attractive, dusky-pink wine that's well-structured, fruit-driven and ready to enjoy now. The nose rewards with hints of strawberry and candy floss, leading to full, ripe strawberry flavours that linger pleasantly on the after-palate (4)

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LUTZVILLE CAPE DIAMOND SHIRAZ ROSE


The vineyards are planted in loam-rich Karoo Soil in the cooler, most westerly area as well as the Southern slopes. As a result, the wine has a prominent reddish pink colour with charming berry fruit flavours and an appealing crispy fruit / acid balance with a creamy aftertaste. (4)

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UrUguay
Uruguay is the fourth most important wine producer in South America after Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Uruguayan wines have a long tradition and a growing recognition in the world market. The history of Uruguayan grapes and wines is as old as the country; Vineyards in Uruguay have 250 years of history, even though its commercial development began less than a century ago. The first grapevines were brought directly from Spain, as early as the first half of the 18th Century. The Tannat (Harriague) and Folle Noire (Vidiella) grapes from south-west Bordeaux, France, followed. Uruguay is the main tannat wine producer in the world.

The great evil of wine, is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler.
Titus Maccius

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PISANO RESERVE TANNAT SYRAH VIOGNIER


Pisano reserve has aromas of plums, prunes and touches of liquorice, followed by notes of cinnamon and pepper. The flavours follow through to the palate where hints of toasty oak are evident with rich notes of dark cherries and damsons. (D)

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Dessert Wines
Sauternes is a French dessert wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves area in Bordeaux. Sauternes is made from Smillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavoured wines, it is one of the few wine regions where infection with noble rot is a frequent occurrence, due to its climate. The Sauternes wine region comprises five communes Barsac, Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues and Preignac. While all five communes are permitted to use the name Sauternes, the Barsac region is also permitted to label their wines under the Barsac appellation.

I cook with wine Sometimes I even add it to the food!


W. C. Fields

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The Barsac region is located on the west bank of the Ciron river where the tributary meets the Garonne, the area sits on an alluvial plain with sandy and limey soils. In general, Barsac wine is distinguished from other Sauternes in being drier with a lighter body, currently more Barsac producers are choosing to promote the wines under their own name. In years when the noble rot does not develop, Sauternes producers will often make dry white wines under the generic Bordeaux AOC. To qualify for the Sauternes label, the wines must have a minimum 13% alcohol level and pass a tasting exam where the wines need to taste noticeably sweet. Wines from Sauternes, especially the Premier Cru Suprieur estate Chteau d'Yquem, can be very expensive, due largely to the very high cost of production. Australian dessert wines or Stickies as they are often referred as, are intensely flavoured white wines, deep gold in colour with bouquets of dried apricots, rich sweet flavour and a sharp acidic finish. Their intensity of flavour means they are often sold in half bottles and drunk to accompany or even replace desserts. These botrytised sweet wines contain a delicate, acidic balance that creates a sensational accompaniment to fruit desserts. They are also the perfect accompaniment to blue or soft cheeses. Since the wine renaissance of the 1960s, the quality of California's dessert and fortified wines have been dramatically improved. Beringer was one of the first to create a botrytised wine from Sauvignon blanc and Smillon. Though unlike in Sauternes, Beringer's wine was made of grapes regularly harvested and then introduced at the winery to Botrytis cinerea spores created in a laboratory. Since then California winemakers in places like the Anderson Valley have found vineyards where this noble rot can occur naturally on the grapes. The Anderson and Alexander Valley have also developed a reputation for their Late Harvest wines made from Riesling. Several French and Italian style Muscat wines are produced throughout California and are known for their intense aromatics and balanced acidity.

Classification
For the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines which were to be on display for visitors from around the world. Brokers from the wine industry ranked the wines according to a chteau's reputation and trading price, which at that time was directly related to quality. The result was the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The wines were ranked in importance from first to fifth growths (crus). All of the red wines that made it on the list came from the Mdoc region except for one: Chteau Haut-Brion from Graves. The white wines, then of much less importance than red wine, were limited to the sweet varieties of Sauternes and Barsac. They were ranked only from first great growth - Premier Cru superieur, to second growth - Premiers Crus.

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Notable Chateaux
Prem. Cru Suprieur, 1855
Ch. d'Yquem

Premiers Crus, 1855


Ch. Climens Ch. Coutet Ch. Guiraud Ch. Lafaurie-Peyraguey Ch. de Rayne-Vigneau Ch. Rieussec Ch. Sigalas-Rabaud Ch. Suduiraut Ch. La Tour-Blanche

Sauternes Vintages
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Classic Very good Extremely good Extremely good Superb Very good Superb Extremely good 2001 1996 1989 1986 1983 1976 1975 Superb Superb Superb Superb Very good Very good Extremely good

Dessert wines - 75cl France


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Produced in limited quantities this wine, with its rich aromas of apricot, honey and blossom, is made from three grape varieties typical of the region, Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle, transformed by the effect of Botrytis Cinerea, the famous 'noble rot'. (9)

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Dessert wines - 1/2 bottles France


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Ripe apricot, pineapple and citrus flavours with a honey, perfumed nose. (9)

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Soft citrus and apricot aromas with luscious weight and stone fruit characters on the palate. (9)

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CHATEAU LAFAURIE PEYRAGUEY 1st GROWTH SAUTERNES 2002


Very fine, rich concentrated and sweet with spicy ripe peach and apricot flavours. (9)

BROWN BROTHERS LATE HARVEST ORANGE MUSCAT & FLORA


This luscious pudding wine is a balanced blend of two unusual grape varieties which create a wonderful dessert wine that is ideal for summer fruit puddings. (9)

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RECIOTO DI SOAVE MAROGNA 1998


Recioto di Soave is yellow-gold in colour with a complex aroma reminiscent of acacia honey with a flowery scent and a well-balanced, full-bodied and velvety bouquet. (9)

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California
CALI0022 ESSENSIA ORANGE MUSCAT
Beautiful flavours that are enhanced by dark chocolate desserts, bringing out the orange nuances in the wine. (9)

CALI0042

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

PORT0115
NEW N O

OUV

EAU N

VO

UE

NO

VO

Hungary
HUNG0010 TOKAJI ASZU CROWN ESTATES 5 PUTTONYOS
Tokaji Aszu wines must spend a minimum of at least three years maturing before release. Crown Estates winemakers taste Aszu wines regularly to decide the optimum bottling date, which may exceed this minimum period. The Puttonyos number indicates how many tubfulls of Aszu berries were used, the higher the number (1 - 6), the richer, longer-living and rarer the Aszu wine. (9)

Tasmania
TASM0010
NUEVO EAU UV
VO NO

NE NE NE

W W W

ELYSIUM BLACK MUSCAT


Rich berry flavours brought out by a pairing with rich desserts or blue veined cheeses, also exquisite on its own when chilled. (9)

STARBOARD BATCH 1988


Batch 88 is made from Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao and Tinta Amarella grape varieties from the Nautically on the left district in Northern Portugal. The wine is ready to drink - but if aged in the bottle will soften and develop a spicy bouquet. (9)

NUEVO EAU UV

VO NO

PIRIE RESERVE CLARK'S BOTRYTIS RIESLING 2007 HALF


Straw coloured and viscous. The aroma shows classic late-harvest Riesling characters of Seville orange and lime marmalade, overlaid with more subtle linden and citrus blossom. The palate is mouth-coating and unctuous while still retaining structure and definition from the high acidity which then finishes long and bright. (9)

Jeroboams
Champagne - White
CHAM0070 JOSEPH PERRIER CUVEE ROYALE
Fresh and delicate with good fruit. Pale straw in colour. This family run house consistently produces one of the best value Champagnes. Made from a third Chardonnay and two thirds black grapes and aged for at least three years. (1)

JEROBOAMS

CHAM0015

LAURENT PERRIER NV
The flagship of Laurent-Perrier, this champagne embodies the house style, deliciously fresh and easy to drink, delicate yet complex nose, with hints of citrus fruit, and a balanced palate. (1)

CHAM0029

MOET & CHANDON NV


One of the most popular brands of champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

CHAM0060

VEUVE CLICQUOT YELLOW LABEL BRUT NV


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character. A touch of black pepper and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

New Zealand
NEWZ0335
NEW N O

KENNEDY POINT RES CAB SAUVIGNON 2005


This wine has intense full body structure, a spicy fruit pallet and will cellar well or decant and enjoy today. The wine shows intense dark fruit, a touch of chocolate with spicy oak, fine tannins and excellent structure. (C)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

NE

125

Magnums
Champagne - White
CHAM0006 JOSEPH PERRIER N/V
Abundant ripe orchid fruits, particularly pear, with a hint of spice. (1)

MAGNUMS
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CHAM0021

LANSON BLACK LABEL N/V


Superb example from this famous Champagne house, ideal for that extra special occasion! (1)

CHAM0009

JOSEPH PERRIER VINTAGE 1998


Pale straw colour, fresh and delicate fruit with biscuit flavours on the palate. Joseph Perrier continues to produce wines of elegance. (1)

CHAM0030

MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL N/V


One of the most popular brands of champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

CHAM0065

VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN YELLOW LABEL BRUT


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character. A touch of black pepper and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

CHAM0140

POL ROGER CUVEE WINSTON CHURCHILL 1998


Sir Winston Churchill's favourite tipple. Charm, style, elegance, refinement and complexity with an earthy nuttiness and fine balance. (1)

Champagne - Rose
CHAM0010 JOSEPH PERRIER ROSE
Made from 80% Chardonnay. This Elegant Rose has delicate strawberry notes, fine mousse and fresh, dry flavours. (1)

magnums

CHAM0018

LAURENT PERRIER CUVEE ROSE BRUT


Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes this Champagne is a glorious pink colour with rounded fruit flavours and is not a only superb aperitif, but also a good match for a variety of different dishes. (1)

Bordeaux
BORD0025 CHATEAU FRANC BAUDRON ST EMILION 2004
Lovely cassis nose leading to a soft velvety, cherry flavoured palate with just a hint of tannins on the finish. (C)

Germany
GERM0009 RHINEQUEEN LIEBFRAUMILCH NAHE
The most famous German wine, can be enjoyed on its own or with almost any food, especially fish or white meats. (5)

New Zealand
NEWZ0325
NEW N O

KENNEDY POINT MERLOT 2005


Elegant Merlot with a fascinating array of fruit and savoury flavours and the sort of rich texture often found in the red wines of Waiheke Island and Bordeaux. Cassis, dark chocolate, wild herbs, liquorice, anise and spicy oak characters. A year or two in bottle has allowed the wine to settle down, giving greater flavour integration. The wine is more about vinosity than simple fruitiness. (B)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

NEWZ0335
NEW N O

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

NO

VO

OUV

EAU N

VO

NE NE

W W

KENNEDY POINT RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005


This wine has intense full body structure, a spicy fruit pallet and will cellar well or decant and enjoy today. The wine shows intense dark fruit, a touch of chocolate with spicy oak, fine tannins and excellent structure. (C)

NUEVO EAU UV

VO NO

UE

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Half Bottles
Champagne - White
CHAM0004 BARON de BEAUPRE
Crisp, clean fruit with style and elegance. (1)

half bottles
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CHAM0008

JOSEPH PERRIER N/V


Bright, pale yellow. On the nose, there are abundant, ripe orchard fruits, particularly pear, with a hint of spices. Incisive Chardonnay on entry, then fine, mature Pinot Noir and Meunier fruit on the mid-palate. (1)

CHAM0023

LANSON BLACK LABEL


Superb example from this famous Champagne house, ideal for that extra special occasion! (1)

CHAM0032

MOET & CHANDON N/V


One of the most popular brands of champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

CHAM0043

VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN YELLOW LABEL BRUT


Citric, apple, toast, butter and yeast aromas, very expansive with distinctive strawberry Pinot Noir character and a touch of black pepper, and a full, rich and soft creamy finish. (1)

Half Bottles
Bordeaux
BORD0011 BEAU RIVAGE CLARET
Easy drinking Claret with good structure of blackcurrant fruit and firm tannins. (C)

half bottles

Beaujolais
BEAU0001 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES CHATEAU de SOUZY
Light, soft and easy drinking Beaujolais with delicate strawberry notes. (A)

Burgundy Red
BURG0005 COTES DE BEAUNE VILLAGES MAISON CHAMPY
Delicious soft red with luscious ripe red fruits in abundance. (B)

White
BURG0040 MACON CHARDONNAY JOSEPH TALMARD
Well balanced with good weight of Chardonnay fruit, an excellent, very consistent wine from Joseph Talmard. (2)

CHAB0001

CHABLIS DOMAINE MANANTS J.M.BROCARD


A good balance between fruit and acidity, good length and very elegant. (2)

Loire
LOIR0011 MUSCADET FIEF DE LA BRIE
Very consistent, Auguste Bonhomme's sur lie is fermented in cask and is a crisp, dry, light wine that is best served cool. (1)

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Half Bottles
Rhone
RHON0010 CHATEAU DU GRAND MOULAS COTES DU RHONE
Berry fruits on the nose, spicy peppery taste with lasting flavours. (D)

half bottles
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Chile
CHIL0535 ECHEVERRIA MERLOT
Lovely soft, delicate flavours of dark berry fruits with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. (B)

Spain Red
SPAI0028 MARQUES DE CACERES RIOJA TINTO
Intense bouquet of fresh redcurrants and raspberries that rest on delicate notes of soft spice. (C)

White
SPAI0027 MARQUES DE CACERES BLANCO
Very fresh notes of grapefruit and pears come through with a depth of minerals on the nose, resulting in a pleasant complexity. Good structure in the mouth with fleshy fruit sensations highlighted by a refreshing acidity that awakens the tastebuds. This wine's surprising freshness and delicious fruit are the result of a very careful selection of Viura grapes. (3)

Quarter Bottles
(187ml unless stated )

quarter bottles

Champagne
CHAM0033 MOET & CHANDON N/V 20cl
One of the most popular brands of champagne, dry with good fruit flavours. (1)

Red Wines
AUST0088 STONE RIVER SHIRAZ CABERNET
Red berry fruit aromas, plum, blackcurrant and sweet cherry on the palate with a long finish. (C)

CALI0050

BLOSSOM HILL RED


Soft and mellow. (C)

CHIL0282
NEW N O

PICACHO MERLOT
Firm, fruity and well-balanced red. (B)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

CHIL0250

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

CHIL0240

SPAI0002

NE

CONCHA Y TORO MERLOT


Deep ruby red colour, typical plummy varietal character with soft berry fruits in abundance on the palate. (B)

CONCHA Y TORO CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Robust with rich flavours of dark berry fruits. (C)

PATERNINA MONTE HARO RIOJA


Lovely soft strawberry fruit flavours, leading to a soft finish. (C)

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White Wines
AUST0089 STONE RIVER SEMILLON CHARDONNAY
Waxy, citrus Semillon aromas, hints of melon and tropical fruits on the palate with an elegant, clean finish. (3)

NEW N O

VO

NO

VO

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CALI0060

BLOSSOM HILL WHITE


Easy drinking, soft and fruity. (3)

CHIL0285
NEW N O

PICACHO CHARDONNAY
Crisp, fruity and medium-bodied with honey and apricot fruit flavours. (2)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

CHIL0280
NEW N O

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

VO

OUV

EAU N

CHIL0270

VO

UE

NO

CHIL0260

ITAL0034

Rose Wines
CALI0121
NUEVO EAU UV
VO NO

CALI0070

CHIL0275

NE NE NE

W W W

PAULITA SAUVIGNON BLANC


Crisp, refreshing acidity, supporting ripe tropical and citrus fruit flavours. (2)

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

UE

VO NO

CONCHA Y TORO SAUVIGNON BLANC


Flowery perfume bouquet, crisp, fresh and dry on the palate. Great value! (2)

CONCHA Y TORO CHARDONNAY


Fruity buttery and rich with complex flavours. (2)

PINOT GRIGIO DI VENETO


Crisp and fresh with stone fruit flavours. (3)

SANTA ROSA WHITE ZINFANDEL


A beautiful light pink in colour, packed with redcurrant and strawberry flavours, light and fresh with just enough sweetness. (4)

BLOSSOM HILL WHITE ZINFANDEL


A superb fruity wine with aromas and flavours of strawberries, raspberries and watermelon. Medium sweet with lovely fruit finish, drink chilled anytime. (5)

CONCHA Y TORO MERLOT ROSE


Elegant bright pink wine, rich in red fruit, strawberry and raspberry aromas. Dry, smooth and well-balanced, chill down and enjoy on those long hot summer days. (4)

Organic Wines
Red
AFRI0005 RUNNING DUCK SHIRAZ
Rich blackberry and damsons fill the palate with just a hint of spice. (D)

organic

CHIL0065

DE MARTINO ORGANIC CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Deep red with dark fruit aromas, full-bodied with lush flavours of blackberries and plums with a pleasant finish. (C)

White
AFRI0006 RUNNING DUCK CHENIN SAUVIGNON BLANC
Crisp and clean with tropical fruit flavours, the Sauvignon adds that subtle citrus characteristic which bursts onto the palate giving a lovely fresh finish. (3)

CHIL0060

DE MARTINO ORGANIC SAUVIGNON BLANC


Lovely bright colour with aromas of citrus fruits, on the palate it is vibrant, zesty and has good balance of acidity.

alcohol free

(2)

Alcohol Free Wines


FREE0001 SUTTER HOME FRE MERLOT
This soft, fruity red possesses the cherry like fruitiness and smooth texture characteristics of the Merlot variety. (B)

FREE0002

SUTTER HOME FRE CHARDONNAY


Fre Chardonnay is light, fresh and fruity. It offers inviting tropical fruit aromas and rich, crisp, citrus and apple flavours with a pleasantly tart aftertaste. (2)

FREE0003

SUTTER HOME FRE WHITE ZINFANDEL


This White Zinfandel has a fresh, fruity aroma suggesting strawberries and cranberries, and soft fruit berry like flavours leading to a crisp, lingering aftertaste. (4)

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Rose Wines at a glance.


Rose style wines are becoming more and more popular and to make life a little easier, here we list a complete selection of all of our Rose style wines.

rose at a glance
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Bordeaux
BORD0940 CHATEAU MAYNE-CABANOT ROSE
Delicious rose with a nice full flavour of summer berries, a refreshing off dry style that is ideal for anytime, any place! (3)

BORD0008

CHATEAU DE SOURS BORDEAUX ROSE


Lovely luscious, vibrant pink colour that offers vivacious red berry fruit aromas, with hints of strawberry, bubblegum, raspberries and cream on the palate. The summer fruits are enhanced, with purity that is married beautifully to a lovely refreshing, balanced acidity and a long dry finish. (3)

Loire
LOIR0001 ANJOU ROSE LACHETEAU
The Loire's famous Rose, delicate with a touch of sweetness on the palate. (4)

LOIR0065

SANCERRE ROSE DOMAINE DAULNY


Delicate notes of summer fruits with a hint of citrus, leading to a crisp, dry Rose that can be enjoyed anytime! (1)

French Regional
FREG0220 CUVEE DU ROY VIN de PAYS du COMPTE TOLOSAN ROSE
Delicate, light and easy drinking rose with hints of strawberries and raspberries evident on the palate. (4)

FREG0052

COTES DE SAINT MONT ROSE


Attractive flavours of summer fruits, well structured with hints of rose petals on the nose. (4)

Spain
SPAI0030 MARQUES DE CACERES ROSE RIOJA 2009
Light, fresh, aromatic and fruity, the ideal aperitif. (3)

Italy
ITAL0043 PINOT GRIGIO ROSE CA SOLARE
Lovely delicate strawberry fruit flavours, soft and medium dry, ideal as an aperitif or just for those summer evenings! (4)

rose at a glance

ITAL0031

PINOT GRIGIO DELLE VENEZIE IGT ROSE


Fresh and crisp rose style wine from the Veneto region of Italy, lovely soft strawberry fruit flavours. (4)

Australia
AUST1005 GEOFF MERRILL SHIRAZ GRENACHE ROSE
Striking rose petal pink with violet hues.The aroma displays the best of Grenache, cherries and raspberry's with hints of liquorice and blackberry from the Shiraz. The palate is smooth and seamless with fresh fruit flavours backed by an underlying savoury feel with a generous fruity, dry and clean finish. (4)

AUST0052

BROWN BROTHERS PINOT GRIGIO ROSE


Bright, light strawberry colour. It boasts fresh aromas of watermelon, pear and subtle savoury characters, while the palate is crisp and racy with a delicate lively lift. (4)

California
CALI0350 ORCHID BOULEVARD WHITE ZINFANDEL
Lush strawberry notes on the nose which follow through to the palate to give a slightly sweeter taste than the normal White Zinfandels. (5)

CALI0015

FOXCOVER WHITE ZINFANDEL


Light style rose, delicate strawberry notes with a nice fresh zingy finish. (5)

CALI0032

SUTTER HOME WHITE ZINFANDEL


Pale pink in colour, light and fruity, slightly sweet on the palate. (5)

CALI0012

ANGELS FLIGHT WHITE ZINFANDEL


Crisp and full of raspberry flavours, light and delicate. (4)

CALI0153

BERINGER STONE CELLARS WHITE ZINFANDEL


Picked at the peak of maturity and brought into the winery for gentle crushing. By keeping the juice in contact with the grapes' red skins for approximately three hours, a light blush colour was retained. Beringer's winemakers then used slow, cool fermentations to preserve the vibrant, fresh strawberry, honeydew, and citrus aromas and flavours. (4)

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Argentina
ARGE0080 PASCUAL TOSO MALBEC ROSE
The bright colour seduces and invites you to taste. On the nose is very aromatic, white plums, ripe cherry and morello cherry. on the palate, the combination of red fruits gives an intense and refreshing taste. (3)

rose at a glance
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Chile
CHIL0185 PATO TORRENTE MERLOT ROSE
Elegant bright pink wine, rich in red fruit, strawberry and raspberry aromas. Dry, smooth and well balanced, chill down and enjoy on those long hot summer days. (4)

Lebanon
LEBA0015 HOCHAR ROSE PERE & FILS
Produced from 100% Cinsaut with aromas of cherry, cassis and even violet flower. A real fruit flavour is carried through to the palate with strawberry and cherry fruits dominating. A richly flavoured summer rose wine. (3)

LEBA0025

MASSAYA BEKAA VALLEY ROSE


Quite deep coloured with a soft, herby character with a hint of sweetness to the fruit. (3)

New Zealand
NEWZ0018 CROSSROADS SAUVIGNON BLANC ROSE
Chilled crisp this unique Rose is bursting with the lively aromas of strawberries and watermelon. The soft red fruit on both the nose and palate beautifully plays off the Sauvignon Blanc's crisp vibrancy giving the wine a long, smooth yet fresh finish. The classic zesty gooseberry and capsicum characters of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are given new charm in this lovely example of New Zealand Rose. (3)

South Africa
AFRI0428 SPIER COLOURS ROSE
An attractive, dusky-pink wine that's well-structured, fruit-driven and ready to enjoy now. The nose rewards with hints of strawberry and candy floss, leading to full, ripe strawberry flavours that linger pleasantly on the after-palate (4)

rose at a glance

AFRI0332

LUTZVILLE CAPE DIAMOND SHIRAZ ROSE


The vineyards are planted in loam-rich Karoo Soil in the cooler, most westerly area as well as the southern slopes. As a result, the wine has a prominent reddish pink colour with charming berry fruit flavours and an appealing crispy fruit/acid balance with a creamy aftertaste. (4)

Port
PORT0023 CROFT PINK PORT
Croft Pink is the first ever Port with a beautiful light ruby colour, achieved from light contact with the skins of traditional Port grapes. Serve chilled it gives a lovely crisp and fruity flavour. (2)

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sherry
Sherry
The famous Gonzalez Byass Bodega in Jerez The history of Sherry is closely linked with that of Spanish wine production, particularly the Cdiz region, where it originated with the early Phoenician settlement of the Iberian peninsular. The triangular region between the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Mara, and Sanlcar de Barrameda still marks the limits of the modern denominacin. Today, while Sherry does not enjoy the level of popularity it once did, it remains one of the wine world's most unusual and historical expressions.

Types of Sherry
MANZANILLA Dry, delicate Fino made from grapes grown by the shores of Sanlcar de Barrameda and matured in local cellars. Sharp, aromatic some claim to detect a salty tang. Delicate, extremely dry Sherry, pale in colour, fragrant, with a powerful bouquet. Fuller and deeper in colour than Fino, with a delightful nutty flavour. Oloroso is naturally dry with a deep mahogany colour and full flavour. Somewhere between Amontillado and Oloroso. Although popular in Spain, it is not well known internationally. A good Palo Cortado is clean and crisp and has a deep, subtle bouquet. This type of sherry is more popular outside Spain. Cream sherry is produced by sweetening oloroso, traditionally with Pedro Ximenez. Pale cream is a sweetened Fino. A rich, naturally sweet wine from grapes ripened in the sun for longer. Traditionally used to sweeten other sherries.

FINO AMONTILLADO OLOROSO PALO CORTADO -

CREAM -

PEDRO XIMENEZ -

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Manzanilla
SHER0030
NEW N O

sherry

LA GITANA MANZANILLA

NUEVO EAU UV

OUV

EAU N

Fino
SHER0020 SHER0009 SHER0025 SHER0017 ELEGANTE HARVEY'S FINO 50cl TIO PEPE LUSTAU'S FINO LA INA

Amontillado
SHER0028 SHER0010 CROFT'S PARTICULAR HARVEY'S AMONTILLADO MEDIUM DRY

Palo Cortado
SHER0040
NEW N O

VO

UE

NO

VO

VO NO

OUV

EAU N

Cream
SHER0011 SHER0013 SHER0027 HARVEY'S PALE CREAM HARVEY'S BRISTOL CREAM CROFT'S ORIGINAL PALE CREAM

Pedro Ximenez
SHER0035
NEW N O

VO

UE

NO

VO

OUV

EAU N

VO

UE

NO

VO

NE NE NE

W W W

NUEVO EAU UV

APOSTOLES PALO CORTADO VIEJO AGED 30 YEARS (Half Bottle)

NUEVO EAU UV

VO NO VO NO

NECTAR PEDRO XIMENEZ DULCE JEREZ

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Port
Port wine is a Portuguese style of fortified wine originating from the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine, and comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. Fortified wines in the style of port are also produced outside of Portugal, most notably in Australia, South Africa, Canada, India, Argentina, and the United States.

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Styles of Port
Barrel-aged ports

Tawny Port
Tawny ports are wines made from red grapes that are aged in wooden barrels using the Solera process, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result, they gradually mellow to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to wood imparts "nutty" flavours to the wine. When a Port is described as Tawny, without an indication of age, it is a basic blend of wood aged port that has spent at least seven years in barrels. Above this are Tawny with an indication of age which represent a blend of several vintages, with the average years "in wood" stated on the label. The official categories are 10, 20, 30 and over 40 years.

Colheita
A Tawny port from a single vintage is called Colheitas. Instead of an indication of age the actual vintage year is mentioned. A Colheita may have spent 20 or more years in wooden barrels before being bottled and sold.

Bottle-aged ports Ruby Port


Ruby port is the cheapest and most extensively produced type of port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks made of concrete or stainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its rich claret colour. The wine is fined and cold filtered before bottling and does not generally improve with age.

Reserve Port
Reserve port is a premium Ruby port approved by the IVDP's tasting panel, the Cmara de Provadores.

Pink Port
Pink port is a relatively new variation on the market, it is made with the same grapes and according to the same extremely strict rules that govern the production of vintage and tawny and ruby ports. It is technically a ruby port, with a limited exposure to the grape skins, thus the pink colour. Bearing the hallmarks of a light ruby with its taste being lighter in style and containing a fruity flavour, it's commonly served cold.

White Port
White port is made from white grapes and can be made in a wide variety of styles, although few shippers produce anything apart from a basic product that is similar to a standard Ruby.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)


Late Bottled Vintage was originally wine that had been destined for bottling as Vintage Port, but because of lack of demand was left in the barrel for longer than had been planned.The filtered wine has the advantage of being ready to drink without decanting, and is bottled in a stoppered bottle that can be easily resealed.

PORT

Crusted Port
Crusted Port is usually a blend of port wine from several vintages, unlike vintage port, which has to be sourced from grapes from a single vintage, it is bottled unfiltered, and sealed with a driven cork and like Vintage Port it needs to be decanted before drinking. The date on a Crusted port bottle refers to the bottling date, not the year the grapes were grown.

Vintage Port
Vintage port is made entirely from the grapes of a declared vintage year and accounts for about two percent of a year's total port production. Not every year is declared a vintage in the Douro. The decision on whether to declare a vintage is made in the spring of the second year following the harvest. The decision to declare a vintage is made by each individual port house, often referred to as a 'shipper'. More conventional shippers will declare, on average, about three times a decade. Vintage ports are aged in barrels for a maximum of two and a half years before bottling, and generally require another ten to thirty years of aging in the bottle before reaching what is considered a proper drinking age. Since they are aged in barrels for only a short time, they retain their dark ruby colour and fresh fruit flavours. Particularly fine vintage ports can continue to gain complexity and drink wonderfully for many decades after they were bottled.

Single Quinta Vintage Port


Single Quinta Vintage Ports are wines that originate from a single estate, Most of the large Port wine houses have a Single Quinta bottling which is only produced in some years when the regular Vintage Port of the house is not declared. In a sense, this kind of Single Quinta is a "second wine" of the regular Vintage Port and is typically sold slightly cheaper than the regular Vintage Port. Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos and Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas are examples of this kind of ports.

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Port
Ruby & Blended
PORT0018 PORT0016 PORT0030 PORT0031 PORT0039 PORT0017 QUINTA DO NOVAL FINE RUBY COCKBURNS FINE OLD RUBY TAYLOR'S FIRST ESTATE RESERVE DOW'S FINE RUBY FONSECA BIN 27 COCKBURNS SPECIAL RESERVE

PORT
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LBV
PORT0026 PORT0032 PORT0024 TAYLOR'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE RESERVE DOW'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE GRAHAM'S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE RESERVE

Tawny
PORT0120 PORT0110 PORT0028 PORT0029 GRAHAM'S THE TAWNY PORT WARRE'S OTIMA 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY {50cl} TAYLOR'S 10 YEAR OLD TAWNY TAYLOR'S 20 YEAR OLD TAWNY

Crusted
PORT0025 GRAHAM'S CRUSTED PORT 2002

White
PORT0015 COCKBURNS LIGHT DRY WHITE PORT

Rose
PORT0023 CROFT PINK PORT

Vintage Port Chart


Vintage
2007 2003 2000 1997 1995 1994 1992 1991 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1972 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1958 1957 1955 1954 1952 1950 1948 1947 1945 1942

VINTAGE PORT

Rating
Classic Classic Classic Outstanding Outstanding Classic Outstanding Outstanding Very Good Good Classic Good Outstanding Good Very Good Average Good Classic Average Good Average Average Classic Average Average Very Good Outstanding Good Good Classic Good Good Very Good Good Very Good Outstanding Very Good Good Very Good Classic Outstanding Classic Very Good

Drinkability
Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink or Hold Drink Drink Drink or Hold Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink or Hold Drink Drink Drink or Hold Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink Drink or Hold Drink Drink or Hold Drink

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Vintage Port 2007


PORT0045 PORT0049 PORT0046 PORT0079 PORT0042 PORT0057 PORT0090 CROFT'S 2007 WARRE'S 2007 DOW'S 2007 NIEPOORT 2007 TAYLOR'S 2007 GRAHAM'S 2007 FONSECA 2007

VINTAGE PORT
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2003
PORT0080 PORT0083 PORT0095 PORT0049 PORT0090 PORT0046 PORT0057 PORT0042 PORTAL 2003 PORTAL + 2003 SMITH WOODHOUSE 2003 WARRE'S 2003 FONSECA 2003 DOW'S 2003 GRAHAM'S 2003 TAYLOR'S 2003

2000
PORT0049 PORT0090 PORT0042 PORT0057 WARRE'S 2000 FONSECA 2000 TAYLOR'S 2000 GRAHAM'S 2000

1997
PORT0049 PORT0057 PORT0046 PORT0079 WARRE'S 1997 GRAHAM'S 1997 DOW'S 1997 NIEPOORT 1997

1998
PORT0063 GRAHAM'S MALVEDOS 1998

VINTAGE PORT

1995
PORT0090 FONSECA GUIMARAENS 1995

1994
PORT0078 PORT0079 PORT0049 PORT0046 PORT0057 PORT0042 PORT0074 CHURCHILLS 1994 NIEPOORT 1994 WARRE'S 1994 DOW'S 1994 GRAHAM'S 1994 TAYLOR'S 1994 FONSECA 1994

1991
PORT0046 PORT0049 DOW'S 1991 WARRE'S 1991

1985
PORT0057 GRAHAM'S 1985

1983
PORT0047 PORT0042 PORT0057 DOW'S 1983 TAYLOR'S 1983 GRAHAM'S 1983

1980
PORT0042 TAYLOR'S 1980

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1977
PORT0057 PORT0042 GRAHAM'S 1977 TAYLOR'S 1977

VINTAGE PORT
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1970
PORT0046 DOW'S 1970

1966
PORT0042 TAYLOR'S 1966

1963
PORT0045 PORT0050 CROFT'S 1963 QUINTA DO NOVAL 1963

1955
PORT0044 PORT0069 PORT0045 REBELLO VALENTE 1955 COCKBURN'S 1955 CROFT'S 1955

Madeira
Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands. The wine is produced in a variety of styles which range from dry wines which can be consumed on their own as an aperitif, to sweet wines more usually consumed with dessert. Cheaper versions are often flavoured with salt and pepper for use in cooking. Today, Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up to temperatures as high as 60 C (140 F) for an extended period of time and deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Due to this unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine that can be quite long lived even after being opened.

maderia MARSALA OLIVE OIL

MADE0004 MADE0005 MADE0006

DUKE OF CLARENCE RICH MADEIRA DUKE OF SUSSEX DRY MADEIRA DUKE OF CUMBERLAND MEDIUM RICH MADEIRA

Marsala
Marsala is a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. While the city's natives sometimes drink "vintage" Marsala, the wine produced for export is universally a fortified wine similar to Port. Originally, Marsala wine was fortified with alcohol to ensure that it would last long ocean voyages, but now it is made that way because of its popularity in foreign markets.

MARS0001 MARS0002 MARS0005 MARS0010

CURINI CREMOVO MARSALA LAZZARONI & FIGLI MARSALA CUCINA MARSALA FINE IP LOMBARDO SUPERIORE GARI MARSALA

Olive Oil
Olive oil is an oil obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. Best used for uncooked dishes as it will lose flavour when heated. Use the oil to harmonize the spices in a dish, to enhance and build flavours and to add body and depth. Olive oil balances the acidity in high acid foods such as tomatoes, vinegar, wine and lemon juice.

MISC0006

TAYLOR'S QUINTA DE VARGELLAS EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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Malt Whisky
Whisky or whisky-like products are produced in most grain-growing areas. They differ in base product, alcoholic content, and quality. Malt is whisky made entirely from malted barley and distilled in an onionshaped pot still. Grain is made from malted and unmalted barley along with other grains, usually in a continuous "patent" or "Coffey" still. Until recently it was only used in blends, but there are now some single grain scotches being marketed. Malts and grains are combined in various ways. Vatted malt is blended from malt whiskies from different distilleries. If a whisky is labelled "pure malt" or just "malt" it is almost certain to be a vatted whisky. This is also sometimes labelled as "blended malt" whisky. Single malt whisky is malt whisky from a single distillery. However, unless the whisky is described as "single-cask" it will contain whisky from many casks, and different years, so the blender can achieve a taste recognisable as typical of the distillery. In most cases, the name of a single malt will be that of the distillery (The Glenlivet, Bushmills, Yoichi), with an age statement and perhaps some indication of some special treatments such as maturation in a port wine cask. Pure pot still whiskey refers to a whiskey distilled in a pot-still (like single malt) from a mash of mixed malted and unmalted barley. It is exclusive to Ireland.

The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it!
Sir Winston Churchill

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Cask strength whiskies are rare and usually only the very best whiskies are bottled in this way. They are usually bottled from the cask undiluted. Rather than diluting, the distiller is inviting the drinker to dilute to the level of potency most palatable (often no dilution is necessary, such is the quality of single cask whiskies). Single cask whiskies are usually bottled by specialist independent bottlers, such as Gordon & MacPhail. Whiskies do not mature in the bottle, only in the cask, so the "age" of a whisky is the time between distillation and bottling. This reflects how much the cask has interacted with the whisky, changing its chemical makeup and taste. Whiskies which have been in bottle for many years may have a rarity value, but are not "older" and will not necessarily be "better" than a more recently made whisky matured in wood for a similar time.

Malt Whisky
MALT0170 MALT0173 MALT0165 MALT0004 MALT0003 MALT0005 ABERLOUR 10 YEAR OLD 40% ABERLOUR ABUNADH 60.4% ARDBEG 10 YEAR OLD ISLAY ARDMORE MALT ARRAN 10 YEAR OLD MALT AUCHENTOSHAN THREE WOOD SINGLE MALT

MALT0022 MALT0054 MALT0032 MALT0030 MALT0031 MALT0002 MALT0066 MALT0140 MALT0049 MALT0150 MALT0160 MALT0044 MALT0042 MALT0013 MALT0008 MALT0008 MALT0001 MALT0024 MALT0038 MALT0012 MALT0048

BALVENIE FOUNDERS RESERVE 10 YEAR OLD BOWMORE 12 YEAR OLD BRORA CASK STRENGTH 21 YEAR OLD BRUICHLADDICH 12 YEAR OLD ISLAY BRUICHLADDICH LADDIE CLASSIC BUNNAHABHAIN 12 YEAR OLD ISLAY BUSHMILLS 10 YEAR OLD CRAGGANMORE 12 YEAR OLD 40% DALMORE 12 YEAR OLD DALWHINNIE 15 YEAR OLD 43% EDRADOUR 10 YEAR OLD 40% GLENFARCLAS 10 YEAR OLD GLENFARCLAS '105' CASK STRENGTH GLENFIDDICH 12 YEAR OLD GLEN GRANT VINTAGE 1957 GLEN GRANT 1954 GLENKINCHIE 10 YEAR OLD 43% GLENLIVET 12 YEAR OLD GLENMORANGIE 10 YEAR OLD GLENROTHES SPECIAL RESERVE HIGHLAND PARK 12 YEAR OLD ORKNEY

malt WHISKY

MALT0045 MALT0180 MALT0185 MALT0060 MALT0046 MALT0019 MALT0020 MALT0052

HIGHLAND PARK 25 YEAR OLD ISLE OF JURA 10 YEAR OLD 40% ISLE OF JURA SUPERSTITION LAGAVULIN 16 YEAR OLD LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR OLD MACALLAN FINE OAK 10 YEAR OLD OBAN 14 YEAR OLD 43% TALISKER PURE MALT 10 YEAR OLD

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Cognac
Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is the most famous variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime. According to French Law, to bear the name Cognac, the production methods for the distilled brandy must meet defined legal requirements, ensuring strict conformity with a 300-year old production process. It must be made from at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche or Colombard grapes; of these, Ugni Blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the most widely-used variety today. It must be distilled twice in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronais. Most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement of two years, because cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in a barrel. Fine, aged cognac is appreciated and collected by connoisseurs in much the same way as fine French wines and old Irish and Scottish whiskies. The official quality grades of cognac are, according to the BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac):

Claret is the liquor for boys, Port for men, but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
Samuel Johnson

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VS -

Very Special, or *** where the youngest brandy is stored at least two years in cask.

VSOP -

Very Special Old Pale, where the youngest brandy is stored at least four years in a cask, but the average wood age is much older.

XO -

Extra Old, where the youngest brandy is stored at least six, but average upwards of 20 years.

Napoleon -

Although the BNIC states this grade is equal to XO in terms of minimum age, it is generally marketed in-between VSOP and XO in the product range offered by the producers.

Extra -

A minimum of 6 years of age, this grade is usually older than a Napoleon or an XO.

Vieux -

is another grade between the official grades of VSOP and XO.

Vieille Rserve - is, like the Hors dge, a grade beyond XO.

Hors d'ge -

The BNIC states that also this grade is equal to XO, but in practice the term is used by producers to market a high quality product beyond the official age scale. Hence the name "Hors d'ge" (beyond age).

No house of cognac produces all the above mentioned grades / qualities.

Cognac
BRAN0025 BRAN0035 BRAN0038 BRAN0040 BRAN0030 BRAN0037 HINE 'H' by HINE HENNESSY FINE DE COGNAC REMY MARTIN VSOP COURVOISIER EXCLUSIF HINE RARE VSOP COURVOISIER VSOP

COGNAC

BRAN0039 BRAN0150 BRAN0041 BRAN0070 BRAN0031 BRAN0044 BRAN0042 BRAN0033 BRAN0036

COURVOISIER NAPOLEON COGNAC DE LUZE XO REMY MARTIN COEUR DE COGNAC DELAMAIN GRANDE CHAMPAGNE XO HINE ANTIQUE XO REMY MARTIN SPECIAL XO HENNESSY XO HINE EARLY LANDED VINTAGE 1982 HENNESSY PARADIS

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Armagnac
Armagnac is a distinctive kind of brandy or eau de vie produced in the Armagnac region in Gascony, southwest France. It is distilled from wine usually made from a blend of grapes including Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Baco, using column stills rather than the pot stills used in the production of Cognac. The resulting spirit is then aged in oak barrels before release. Production is overseen by INAO and the Bureau National Interprofessionel de l'Armagnac. Armagnac was one of the first areas in France to begin distilling spirits, but the brandies produced have a lower profile than those from Cognac and the overall volume of production is far smaller. In addition they are for the most part made and sold by small producers, whereas in Cognac production is dominated by big-name brands.

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ARMAGNAC SPECIALITY

BRAN0046 BRAN0048 BRAN0049 BRAN0047 BRAN0050 BRAN0051 BRAN0180

TARIQUET *** CHATEAU DE TARIQUET VSOP JANNEAU TRADITIONAL CHATEAU DE TARIQUET HORS D'AGE JANNEAU VSOP JANNEAU XO MARCEL TREPOUT ARMAGNAC 1955

Speciality Spirits
Here we list some of the more exclusive styles of spirits, not your run of the mill pub brands but those for the more discerning drinker!

Gin
GINS0040 GINS0032 GINS0006 GINS0025 GINS0001 GINS0008 GINS0027 GINS0010 GINS0007 GINS0004 PLYMOUTH SLOE GIN COWEN'S SLOE GIN 50cl COATES PLYMOUTH GIN GORDONS SLOE GIN BLACKWOOD'S VINTAGE DRY GIN BOMBAY SAPPHIRE TANQUERAY GIN 47.3 EXPORT HENDRICKS GIN SAFFRON GIN WILLIAMS ELEGANT CRISP GIN

Rum
RUMS0002 RUMS0026 RUMS0035 RUMS0012 RUMS0003 COCKSPUR RUM MOUNTGAY ECLIPSE RUM BRUGAL ANEJO RUM MORGANS SPICED RUM SAILOR JERRY SPICED RUM

speciality

RUMS0040 RUMS0027 RUMS0030 RUMS0029

HAVANA CLUB WOODS NAVY RUM BUNDABERG RUM PUSSERS BLUE LABEL

Vodka
VODK0004 VODK0001 VODK0020 VODK0021 VODK0187 VODK0175 VODK0180 VODK0022 VODK0003 VODK0195 VODK0200 VODK0260 VODK0265 VODK0150 BLAVOD PURE BLACK VODKA ZUBROWKA BISON VODKA STOLICHNAYA RUSSIAN VODKA SMIRNOFF BLUE 45.8% STOLICHNAYA BLUE LABEL VODKA STOLICHNAYA RASPBERRY VODKA STOLICHNAYA ORANGE VODKA SMIRNOFF BLACK LABEL BELVEDERE VODKA GREY GOOSE LEMON GREY GOOSE VODKA CHASE ENGLISH POTATO VODKA CHASE MARMALADE VODKA STOLICHNAYA ELITE

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Whisky
WHIS0012 WHIS0084 WHIS0085 WHIS0240 WHIS0140 WHIS0030 WHIS0105 CUTTY SARK ORIGINAL TULLAMORE DEW IRISH WHISKEY CANADIAN CLUB SHEEP DIP PADDYS IRISH THE BLACK GROUSE WHISKY MAKERS MARK KENTUCKY BOURBON

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WHIS0010 WHIS0180 WHIS0061 WHIS0068 WHIS0013 WHIS0065 WHIS0067 WHIS0063

MONKEY SHOULDER WHISKY WILD TURKEY BOURBON 101 JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL CHIVAS REGAL CUTTY SARK 12 YEAR OLD JOHNNIE WALKER GREEN LABEL SUNTORY HIBIKI 17 YEAR OLD JAPANESE WHISKY JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL

Liqueurs
A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage that has been flavoured with fruit, herbs, nuts, spices, flowers, or cream and bottled with added sugar. Liqueurs are typically quite sweet; they are usually not aged for long but may have resting periods during their production to allow flavours to marry. The distinction between liqueurs and spirits is not simple because many spirits are available today in a flavoured form. The most reliable guide to classification is that liqueurs contain added sugar, but spirits do not. Most liqueurs have a lower alcohol content (15%-30% ABV) than spirits, but some contain as much as 55% ABV. Some liqueurs are prepared by infusing certain woods, fruits, or flowers, in either water or alcohol, and adding sugar or other items. Others are distilled from aromatic or flavouring agents. Anise liqueurs have the interesting property of turning from transparent to cloudy when added to water: the oil of anise remains in solution in the presence of a high concentration of alcohol, but crystallizes when the alcohol concentration is reduced.

liqueurs

LIQU0004 LIQU0001 LIQU0013 LIQU0012 LIQU0003

ADVOCAAT WARNINKS ANGOSTURA BITTERS 20cl AMARETTO DI SARONNO (50cl) AMARETTO LUXARDO (Almonds) AMARULA CREAM (Marula Berry)

LIQU0017 LIQU0009 LIQU0021 LIQU0025 LIQU0395 LIQU0032 LIQU0028 LIQU0260 LIQU0031 LIQU0033 LIQU0137 LIQU0139 LIQU0141 LIQU0143 LIQU0038 LIQU0039 LIQU0049

APRICOT BRANDY BOLS (50cl) (Apricots) ARCHERS SCHNAPPS (Peach) BAILEYS IRISH CREAM (Irish Whiskey) BENEDICTINE D.O.M 50cl (Herbs & Spices) CACHACA 51 PIRASSUNUNGA CALVADOS ANEE FINE CALVADOS BOULARD GRAND SOLAGE CHAMBORD (Black Raspberries) CHARTREUSE GREEN CHARTREUSE YELLOW CHASE BLACKCURRANT (50cl) CHASE ELDER FLOWER (50cl) CHASE RASPBERRY (50cl) CHASE RHUBARB (50cl) CHERRY BRANDY DE KUYPER (Cherry) COINTREAU (Orange) CREME DE BANANES GIFFORD 50cl (Bananas)

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LIQU0044 LIQU0047 LIQU0054 LIQU0380 LIQU0055

CREME DE CACAO GIFFORD 50cl (Cocoa) CREME DE CASSIS GIFFORD 50cl (Blackcurrant) CREME DE MENTHE BOLS 50cl (Peppermint) CREME DE MURE LEJAY LAGOUTE 50cl (Blackberry) CURACAO BLUE BOLS 50cl (Orange & Citrus)

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LIQU0058 LIQU0060 LIQU0061 LIQU0062 LIQU0290 LIQU0065 LIQU0133 LIQU0066 LIQU0069 LIQU0071 LIQU0068 LIQU0300 LIQU0083 LIQU0075 LIQU0077 LIQU0079 LIQU0078 LIQU0086 LIQU0081 LIQU0087 LIQU0306 LIQU0308 LIQU0107

CURACAO ORANGE BOLS 50cl (Orange) DANISH KIRSBERRY (Cherry) DE KUYPER SOUR APPLE PUCKER (Apples) DRAMBUIE FRAISE D'ANJOU GIFFORD 50cl (Strawberry) FRAMBOISE D'ANJOU GIFFORD 50cl (Raspberry) FRANGELICO (Hazelnut) GALLIANO (Vanilla) GLAYVA GRAND MARNIER (Orange) GRAPPA JULIA GOLDSCHLAGER HOPPE KIRSCH DE CUISINE 50cl (Black Cherries) IRISH MIST (Irish Whiskey, Honey & Herbs) JAGERMEISTER (Herbs) KAHLUA (Coffee) KINGS GINGER LIQUEUR (Ginger) KUMMEL WOLFSCHMIDT 50cl KWAI FEH (Lychee) LIMONCELLO (Lemons) LUXADO PASSIONE NERA BLACK SAMBUCA LUXADO PASSIONE ROSSA CRANBERRY SAMBUCA LUXADO SAMBUCA

LIQU0315 LIQU0310 LIQU0092 LIQU0088 LIQU0100

LUXADO SAMBUCA RASPBERRY LUXADO SAMBUCA SPICED APPLE MALIBU (Coconut) MANDARINE NAPOLEON (Mandarines) MIDORI (Melon)

LIQUEURS

LIQU0400 LIQU0106 LIQU0155 LIQU0515 LIQU0112 LIQU0121 LIQU0270 IQU0490 LIQU0104 LIQU0350

PASSOA (Passionfruit) ROYAL MINT CHOCOLATE (Mint) RUBIS CHOCOLATE - VELVET - RUBY SLIWOWICA POLISH PLUM BRANDY (Plums) SOUTHERN COMFORT (Peach) TIA MARIA TRIPLE SEC GIFFORD 50cl (Orange) TUACA (Fruits, Vanilla & Oranges) VIOLETTE PARFAIT AMOUR GIFFORD 50cl X-CENTRIQUE FUSION LIQUEUR

Tequila
LIQU0117 LIQU0116 LIQU0220 LIQU0120 OLMECA TEQUILA SILVER OLMECA ANEJO TEQUILA GOLD JOSE CUERVO ANEJO TEQUILA GOLD PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

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Terms and Conditions


Prices: Prices in our separate price list are quoted per bottle exclusive of V.A.T. without engagement and are subject to alteration without notice.

terms & CONDITIONS


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Credit:

We are pleased to offer credit terms to customers once the appropriate acount registration forms have been completed and references have been verified. We reserve the right to charge interest on overdue accounts at the rate of 2% per month or part thereof.

ANY DISCOUNTS GIVEN ARE ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT PAYMENT IS MADE BY THE DUE DATE AND THAT THEY MAY BE WITHDRAWN AND REINVOICED IN THE EVENT OF A PAYMENT BECOMING OVERDUE.

Title of Goods:

Shortages, breakages or claims for non-delivery must be notified to Head Office within 48 hours of delivery otherwise credit will not be given.

ALL GOODS ARE OFFERED SUBJECT TO BEING UNSOLD AND TO MARKET FLUCTUATIONS.

N.B.

This list cancels all previous lists.

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