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 WHITE WINE SELECTION

Tikves Smederevka Belo

Tikves Smederevka Belo

This Macedonian white wine hails from the Tikves region of North Macedonia and is produced by the excellent winery of the same name. It showcases the fabulous native Smederevka grape with a small proportion of Riesling for good balance. Grapes are manually harvested from sustainably cultivated hillside vineyards with well drained clay soils. 

Each variety was vinified separately and aged in stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit. Pale lemon in colour, it delivers delicate aromas redolent of white flowers, jasmine, tropical and stone fruit. The bouquet is underpinned by a refreshing palate with a streak of zesty citrus. Beautifully balanced with a clean and vibrant finish. Try with crab cakes, Chinese cuisine, seafood salads or light chicken dishes.

This classic Vinho Verde white wine is easy-drinking, aromatic refreshment at its best. Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto grapes from the Lima Valley create a wine of the palest lemon appearance, with lots of fruity aromas. The palate hints at slight sweetness with soft spice, lifted acidity and lingering fruit on the finish. Try as an aperitif or with salads, fish, shellfish or cold courses. 

Garganega is the main grape used to produce the premium Soave wine, and here Veneto's Castelforte bring us a full bodied, elegantly dry varietal.  Veronese grapes  are aged partly in stainless steel and partly in wood for an intense perfume of almond blossom, white flowers, citrus and light spice. Fruity and richly textured with almond notes and a clean, refreshing mineral finish. Try with antipasti, shellfish, curries, creamy or pesto pasta dishes.

Domaine Laffitte Sauvignon Blanc

Domaine Laffitte Sauvignon Blanc
A French white wine from the Gascogne region produced by the Laffitte brothers. This Sauvignon Blanc varietal shows an intense nose that develops aromas of citrus, granny smith apple and a flinty character. The palate is very ample, with a subtle and elegant development of flavour, good length and a bright finish. Try with white fish, pesto salads or pastas, green vegetables or goats cheese.

Sabina Estate Oaked Chardonnay Navarra

Sabina Estate Chardonnay
A 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay wine from Sabina Estate in the Navarra region. Night-harvested grapes are fermented in French and American oak barrels. this brings the development of intense aromas of tropical fruit, underlaid with citrus and subtle vanilla. Creamy and smooth on the palate with a touch of oak on the finish. Try with meaty or smoked fish, well seasoned pork and poultry, pastries and dishes with toasty/nutty flavours 

Cloud Cuckoo Land White

Cloud Cuckoo Land White
From expert producers Wild & Wilder, the Cloud Cuckoo Land range explores well-loved Italian grapes grown in Australia. Their white is a blend of Fiano, Greco and Zibbibo, hand harvested from vineyards in Riverland, South Australia.

Gentle de-stemming and crushing follows, with the Greco and Zibibbo held on skins for 24 hours with separate cool fermentation and time on lees. This exceptional care creates a vibrant, textural white with hints of almond blossom, quince and ripe pear. Tangy, almost exotic but pithy and delicious. Great with chicken salads or try chickpea or tofu.

 

 RED WINE SELECTION

An excellent introduction to one of Eastern Europe's most popular red grapes, Feteasca Neagra ('Black Maiden'). A grape that can express itself in many ways, this example from the Paparuda range is easy-drinking yet fully satisfying. Aromas of violets, dried cherry, and tobacco hints precede a soft, juicy palate packed full of wild red berries with a velvety fresh finish. Try with grilled pork, lamb, mushroom or aubergine. 

Mont Rocher Old Vine Carignan Pays D'Oc

A French red wine from the Pays D'Oc region of Languedoc-Roussillon, using grapes sourced from 50 year old vines. These Carignan grapes come from vineyards in dramatic hills and terraces above the Vallée d’Agly, where the famed black schist is interspersed with pockets of limestone to bring richness and power with a fresher, more finely defined character.

This traditional grape is given modern vinification, with 35% of the wine spending 3 months ageing with a small amount of French oak staves for complexity and roundness.  Cherry red in colour, this juicy wine shows an abundance of intense black cherry, blackcurrant and subtle vanilla on the nose. The palate is soft, smooth and full flavoured with a lively, spicy finish. Try with hearty stews and casseroles or roast beef dishes. 

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This youthful, juicy Spanish red wine hails from Utiel Requena in the Valencia wine region and uses the native Bobal grape. Deep ruby in colour, it shows cherry, vanilla and herbaceous aromas. The palate brings black cherry and damson alongside smooth tannins and a touch of liquorice on the finish. Try with lamb, cured meats, barbecue dishes or paella. 

Loggia Del Conte Chianti

This Chianti wine uses Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Colorino grapes grown in hilly Tuscany at up to 700 metres above sea level on soil which consists of arenaceous, marl and lime substrata, clayey schist and sand. After steeping on skins, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, 20% of the wine is left to improve for 3 months in Austrian oak casks with 30% of this in new oak. 

This careful production creates a wine of intense aromas and complexity that appears bright red with purple reflections, becoming garnet when aged in bottle. The bouquet shows red berries and morello cherry, alongside hints of cloves, vanilla, oak, and even pineapple. Rich, velvety and smooth on the palate with well-balanced flavours. Try with mushrooms, pasta, game, roasts, barbecued meat and mature cheeses. 

Snapper Rock Pinot Noir Marlborough

This New Zealand Pinot Noir from Marlborough uses hand picked grapes sourced from a single vineyard in the Ward Valley, blessed with deep clay loam soils and traces of limestone. The grapes were hand plunged into open top fermenters, before part was aged in small tank, and part in seasoned French oak barrels for a perfect balance. 

A great example of a modern New World Pinot Noir, it shows a bouquet of dark plum, cherry, anise and toasted nut characters, underlaid with a hint of dark mushroom. Silky smooth, plump and elegantly composed on the palate with youthful fruit intensity, well-integrated tannins and a long, supple finish. Try with duck and mushrooms dishes, or serve on its own slightly chilled for a refreshing twist. 

Jardim de Granito Terroir Blend Red Dao DOC

Jardins de Granito winery bring a perfect example of Portuguese blending from the Dao wine region, produced to express the elegance and gastronomical heritage of the region using 4 grape varieties, each contributing to the overall profile. Grapes are manually harvested and fully fermented in stainless steel with natural stabilisation. 

Bright ruby coloured, takes layered complexity from flagship grape Touriga Nacional, robust fruit and spice from Tinta Roriz, rich colour and wild berries from Alfrocheiro, and intense perfume of blackberry, blueberry and cherry from Jaen. Overall, the mosaic of berry aromas combine with balanced tannins and full mouthfeel to create a truly satisfying wine. Try with duck, pork, flavourful risottos or mature cheeses.