Boutinot 'Les Coteaux' 2015, AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages, 14% [Vegan]
A blend of carefully selected parcels of Grenache Noir and Syrah, enriched with a small proportion of barrel aged wine from the cru vineyards of Cairanne, Sablet and Séguret. Full of delicious brambly fruit underpinned by subtle nuances of oak and sweet spices - warming star anise and a touch of cinnamon.
*NEW* Bodegas Piqueras High Altitude Garnacha 2017, DO Almansa, Spain, 14.5%
[Organic & Vegan]
Full of chunky textured tannins and ripe berry fruit - blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and plums virtually jump out of the glass! There is no oak in this wine to detract from the fruit characters which are complemented by notes of herbs and spices - most notably sage and black pepper.
Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2015, D.O. Ribera del Duero, 13.5%
Full bodied, richly textured and bursting with intense aromas and flavours - ripe cherries and plums with hints of vanilla and spicy liquorice. 100% Tempranillo. Aged for 12 months in new and 1 year old French medium toast barrels.
SPAIN - RIOJA
Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura 2014, DOC Rioja Crianza, 13.5% [Vegan]
Named after the high altitude vineyards where the grapes are grown, this limited edition Rioja Crianza is full-flavoured and complex with lovely ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruit and inviting spicy aromas. It is fresher and softer than you would normally expect a Crianza wine to be, with round textured tannins and a hint of smokiness on the finish.
Viña Ijalba Graciano, DOC Rioja, 2015, Spain, 14% [Organic & Vegan]
A rare blend of 100% Graciano from Rioja that is something of a paradox! Full-bodied and powerful, yet deliciously fragrant and full of elegance. Bursting with bright fruit laced with earthy wild herbs and sweet coconut oak.
Muga Reserva 2013, Rioja DOC, 14%
From one of Spain's most famous bodegas, this is a rich yet balanced Rioja Reserva with ripe dark berry fruit and sweet spicy cinnamon overlaid with smoky oak, vanilla and coffee notes. An elegant acidity carries the multiple layers of flavour through onto a long persistent finish.
Jasci Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2016, Italy, 12.5% [Organic & Vegan]
Dark and juicy, this classic Italian red is medium bodied with ripe blackberry fruit, some spicy cinnamon notes and a hint of licquorice. The perfect accompaniment to pasta dishes - traditionally served with potato gnocchi, lamb dishes or the local Abruzzese 'sagnette e fagioli' (fresh pasta with beans).
*NEW* Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, 14% [Organic & Vegan]
The nose really draws you into this intense, complex Cabernet Sauvignon with layered aromas of cherries, chocolate and earthy truffles. More layers of flavour are revealed on the palate with blackberries, herbs, spices, and balsamic notes wrapped up in ripe tannins and carried through onto a long, persistent finish.
*NEW* Echeverria Gran Reserva Syrah 2014, Maipo Valley, 14% [Vegan]
A delicious fruit forward Syrah with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit characters which are interlaced with more complex notes of black pepper, cinnamon and tobacco. Well balanced and round with a juicy, long lasting finish.
Coyam 2015, Colchagua, Chile, 14.5% [Organic & Vegan]
Predominantly Syrah with a generous dollop of Carmenère and dashes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Malbec, Garnacha, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot - the resultant wine is rich, complex and incredibly smooth. Intense aromas and flavours of cherries and blackberries blend harmoniously with notes of cedar, tobacco and dried herbs. The palate is elegant and structured with a long, lingering finish.
Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2017, Mendoza, 13.5% [Organic & Vegan]
NB. NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN 150cl MAGNUM - SEE BELOW
Aromas of ripe blackcurrant and blackberry with smoky autumnal notes and a touch of spice. The palate reveals layers of red and black fruit, followed by beautifully soft tannins.
Heartland Sposa e Sposa Lagrein Dolcetto 2014, Langhorne Creek, 14.5% [Vegan]
*WINE OF THE WEEK* £11.65/75cl
(N.B. Will be £12.95/75cl from 02.05.19)
An unusual blend of two little-known grape varieties originally from Italy, this intense yet elegant Aussie wine is bursting with fragrant ripe blackberry and plum fruit with a pinch of clove spice.
*NEW* Dandelion Vineyards 'Lionheart of the Barossa' Shiraz 2016, Australia, 14.5% [Vegan]
Spicy pepper, bramble and dark chocolate aromas combine with ripe blackberry, raspberry and plum fruits plus lashings of sweet spice on the palate. Generous and mouthfilling with firm, fine tannins and a long, elegant finish.
‘The Hedonist’ Tempranillo 2012, McLaren Vale, 14% [Organic & Vegan]
Rich and full with aromas of chocolate and dark cherries, and a hint of spice. On the palate there are more chocolate and cherries, interlaced with more savoury liquorice notes, and held together with silky smooth tannins.
The Troublemaker N.V., Central Coast, California, 14.5%
A beautifully crafted blend of Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre. Bold fruit aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries laced with smoky spicy oak and hints of white pepper, cloves and sweet cinnamon. Full-flavoured and full-bodied with intensely juicy fruit - but still surprisingly smooth!