1. Sauvignon Blanc - Le Charme, France
Overt bouquet with classical gooseberry pungency. Refreshing and quenching on the palate.
2. Pinot Grigio - Pure, Veneto, Italy
Zing! A delightful expressive dry wine with refreshing apple and citrus flavours.
3. Sauvignon Blanc Paua Bay - Marlborough, New Zealand
Typically pungent, yielding flavours of gooseberry and passion-fruit with a hint of melon and citrus. The palate is lively with racy acid, good length and soft creamy complexity.
4. Chablis Domaine Philippe Testut - Burgundy, France
Crushed stone, menthol and a whiff of banana on the nose. Juicy, minerally and aromatic in the mouth, with excellent cut and a dusty, classically dry finish.
5. Courtances Rose - Vin de pays - France
Off-dry, rounded and full of dried black fruits and cream soda flavours.
6. Merlot - Le Charme - France
A lovely mouthful of rich, plummy fruit. This wine is unfiltered, ensuring a quality rarely seen at this level.
7.Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vilos - Central Valley, Chile
Brilliant ruby-red colour with fruity, chocolate, red plums and vanilla on the nose. Soft tannins, medium body, harmonic with a good finish.
8. Rioja Vega Crianza - Bodegas Muerza - Spain
Deep, dark ruby in colour. This is a very appealing Rioja with more warmth and depth than many we have tried. A supple, juicy wine with soft tannins and 'crunchy' red fruit - spiced wild strawberries and notes of vanilla.
9. Malbec - Mendel Winery - Mendoza, Argentina
Spice box, incense, lavender, hint of balsamic, leather, black cherry; savoury, ripe, drink now!
10. Chateau Caronne St Gemme Medoc 1996 - Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
Delicious medium-to-full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a chocolate, berry, tobacco aftertaste, it is so well balanced. This outstanding red is one of the big surprises of the vintage and among its best buys; Caronne is a rising star in the Medoc.
11. Chateau Montrose St Estephe 1989
An outstanding Montrose, the 1989 is one of the vintage's stars. It possesses an opaque dark ruby/purple colour, a sweet nose of minerals, black fruits, cedar, and wood, dense, medium to full-bodied, highly extracted flavours, low acidity, and moderate tannin in the long finish.
12. Chateau Latour Premier Grand Cru Pauillac 1997
A flavourful, savoury Latour, without a great deal of density or power, the 1997 exhibits sweet, walnut-tinged, blackcurrant fruit intertwined with minerals and subtle wood. Nicely-textured, with adequate acidity, ripe tannin, and a medium-bodied finish.
13. Chateau Leoville Lascasses 2ieme Cru St Julien 1999
The 1999 Leoville Las Cases possesses a dense purple colour as well as classic aromas of vanilla, black cherries, and currants mixed with subtle toasty oak. The wine is medium-bodied with sweet tannin. Its extraordinary purity and overall harmony give it a character all its own.
14. Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006 Domaine Robert Arnoux
Arnoux's Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Fin comes from a vineyard directly opposite Vosne Romanee. The vines are 50 years old, and the wine benefits from the same careful vinification used for the more expensive, grander wines. This is an immediately accessible wine, and a fine introduction to the brilliant winemaking of Pascal Lachaux. This wine has a fruity and bright nose of earth and slightly grapey notes. It has fresh and precise flavours that are delicious.
15. The Baroness - Irvine Wines - Barossa, Australia
A blend of Grand Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon ( a typical Bordeaux Blend) -"The Baroness" is a wine of great style, character and complexity, showing the Merlot with Cabernets blended at its best. Rich, plummy, violets, leafiness, spicy oak over sumptuous flavour - full reward on the palate with a huge finish of fruit, then soft abundant tannins.
16. Pesquera Crianza 2006 - Ribera del Duero - Spain
Winemaking is relatively traditional at Pesquera, with only Tempranillo (locally known as Tinta Fina) employed, and 24 months aging in American oak for the Reserva which serves to coax gentle velvety yet wonderfully rich flavours. The essence of Ribera Del Duero is thus captured, with all the sensual harmony of traditional Spanish winemaking, but with perhaps more concentration and structure than wines aged in a similar fashion in Rioja. The wine has an attractive ripe cherry colour and then whiffs of well-seasoned fruit, backed up by notes of cocoa and vanilla. On the palate dark forest flavours are generously wrapped around the fruit. Full-bodied yet refined, this wine is delicious with game.
17. Rioja Muga 2005 Crianza
Bright ruby. Vibrant, seductive perfume of black raspberry, powdered rose, anise and minerals. Weighty but lively cherry and dark berry flavors are brightened by zesty minerals, picking up a candied licorice quality with aeration. The finish repeats the deep dark berry note and leaves exotic flowers and minerals behind. Very elegant wine that suavely blends richness and finesse.
18. Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Villa Cafaggio
A gentle giant of a chianti ...Intense dark red. On the nose there are firm ripe fruit aromas with blackcurrant undertones. Deeply concentrated morello cherry flavors on the palate, rich and strong flavors which go on and on.
19. Barolo Oddero 2006
This wine, from the excellent 2006 vintage, is typical of Oddero's best Barolo; traditionally-styled with more roses than tar and, as is the case with many wines from La Morra, plenty of ripe, supple tannin.
20. Amarone della Valpolicella Guiseppe Lonardi 2005
Deep red wine in colour with a warm, attractive, slightly 'plummy' style, and quite a rounded, velvety palate. Nowadays much more a wine of finesse. Slightly sweet with dryness on the finish - Amarone Valpolicella has lightened its character. A surprisingly balanced wine in spite of its 15% alcohol. Made from dried grapes raisined in drying rooms with further ageing in French oak barrels.
21. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV
The standard cuvée, this has pale yellow/straw colour and plenty of miniscule bubbles. Crisp and elegant, though lightly toffeed aromas, with a hint of pear and apple. The palate has very good, slightly toasty weight, with a persistent mousse and nice, ripe fruit. Mouthfilling and generous, this has the Feuillatte house style of crispness, but adds a little more crowd-pleasing softness and weight, with creamy qualities.
22. Taittinger Brut NV
A fine old house with a distinctively light, pure style, Taittinger is a consistent crowd pleaser. Pale in colour with a fine, strong bubble, the nose is of clean green fruit, matched in the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing acidity that makes this an excellent Champagne to drink with delicately flavoured food.
23. Laurent Perrier Brut NV
From a blend of over 55 different wines, you are guaranteed complexity with this non-vintage. This is an immensely popular Chardonnay-dominated Non-Vintage Champagne with resulting lightness and elegant depth and richness. It's divine. Fresh, delicate citrus and white fruit aromas are followed by an elegant, fruity palate with balanced crisp acidity.
24. Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Reserve
Pale salmon pink in colour, with precise, crisp aromas of strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries and black cherries. Fine bubbles with persistent mousse, and prominent flavours of soft red berry fruit, with a well defined wild cherry aspect. Long, rounded and supple on the finish, serve as an aperitif, with poultry, charcuterie or with Asian cuisine.
25. Cuvee Dom Perignon 2002
Pale gold in colour, with fine bead and persistent mousse, and a palate of citrus fruit, apple and peach, giving way to a full bodied yet refreshing palate of lemon, fresh bread, toasted brioche and cream, with a long, lime driven finish. Pair with seafood or serve as an aperitif.
26. Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port 1983
The very good 1983 vintage produced this super Vintage port. A classic nose and a rich sweet full bodied taste will delight any port drinker.
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