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Fine Wine

Fine Wine: what exactly does it mean? What makes it ‘fine’? Who decides these things anyway? In truth, it’s a little arbitrary. Here at Oddbins, it denotes premium wines of stratospheric quality that our Buyers have simply fallen head over heels in love with. They are often hand-crafted and released in small parcels, eliciting stampedes of fans to rush into our shops as soon as they hit the shelves. So please, form an orderly queue in true British fashion and prepare to fall madly in love, as we introduce… Oddbins’ Fine Wines.

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  1. Rod McDonald One Off Hawkes Bay Malbec 2014

    Rod McDonald One Off Hawkes Bay Malbec 2014

    £15.75

    £15.75

    This Malbec is built like an Argentinian prop - let's call him Santiago. Santiago is powerful, meaty and capable of displaying amazing finesse and subtelty. He enjoys being tightheaded between a big juicy steak and a chunk of strong cheddar cheese. His nose is full and well-proprtioned to his broad shoulders and short neck, and once he's finished in the scrum and runs over for an embrace, you'll smell the spicy blackberry and black plum fruit aromas. Eau de 'Juan-off' they call it. Santiago is succulently sweet and uncomplicated and rumour has it that he has a good grip on him, with an enticing mouthfeel! The only bad thing about Santiago though is that once he's gone, he's gone. Make the most of him whilst you can.

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  2. Rod McDonald One Off Pinot Noir 2014

    Rod McDonald One Off Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

    £16.75

    £16.75

    People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. We’re here to ensure you don’t make that mistake here. The latest in the One Off range is Rod McDonald’s first go at grapes from Te Muna Terrace. Why does this make it a one off? Well let’s just say, Te Muna may as well be on another planet as it’s so different to the Martinborough terrace. Tobacco, violet and subtle earth on the nose, with vibrant dark red and plum on the palate. There’s no second chances here, you have been warned.

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  3. Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2014 white wine

    Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2014

    £19.50

    £19.50

    Like the other extraordinary Humbrechts, Gewurzt was born with bags of talent. He was, however, always a little 'different'. Not for him a life of discipline and striving. He wanted glamour. The lure of the exotic. And so, while Humbrechts Riesling and Pinot Gris honed their extraordinary skills as athletes, cousin Gewurzt ran off to the circus.

    And what an act! What a character! Blessed with his family's gymnastic skills, but throwing austerity to the wind, let Gewurztraminer entertain you with a high-wire act that will have you astonished. A sheer miracle of weight and balance.

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  4. Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2014 White Wine

    Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2014

    £19.50

    £19.50

    If Riesling is the zippy athlete of Alsace, Pinot Gris is the gymnast. So supple, so beautifully rounded. Strong, yet expressively graceful. To perform at such levels takes years of dedication, not to mention being naturally biodynamic.

    Sit back then, and let yourself be astonished at the physical magic of this wine. Let the peach-fruit flavours tumble on your taste-buds, roll refreshingly around your palate and turn aromatic cartwheels on your tongue. It will mesmerise you, before drawing its performance to a finish with perfectly exquisite poise.

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  5. Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012

    Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Penfolds take their red wines very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that there’s hardly anything about the Bin 138 that isn’t ‘red’. Its deep, luscious colour is accompanied by distinctive aromas of raspberry, plum, red liquorice, dark red berries…even their name on the label is red!

    And it doesn’t stop there. Hints of kirsch can be found on the palate along with maraschino cherries, accompanying white chocolate and mocha flavours. Medium to full-bodied, this delectable wine offers softened and rounded tannins.

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  6. Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014

    Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2014

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Go ahead and close your eyes, then take in a big whiff of this Aussie white. Brioche, honey dew, guava fruits and…what’s that you can smell? A light scent of sea spray?! - Could it be? Have Penfolds finally heard your wishes and transported you to a tropical, sun bathed island? Open your eyes and take a look…

    We admit, there’s a high chance you’ll *actually* just be stood in your kitchen with your nose stuck in a glass. But it nearly fooled you, didn’t it?

    This elegant white wine keeps up its summery wonderfulness with lemon curd and citrus flavours which, when chilled, are perfect for enjoying when lazing in the sun.

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  7. Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010 Red Wine

    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red (or pink or turquoise) trouser brigade, it brings a modern quality and decency to proceedings that people can admire, whatever their politics.

    It is generously fruity [for a Haut-Médoc] and is enjoyable young, although it has shown itself to have brilliant ageing potential. It retains a charming elegance in everything it does and is comfortably toasty on the sofa, any week.

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  8. Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay White Wine

    Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay 2013

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Immediately upon opening are the delicious aromas of apple blossom and white peach, complimented by hints of crushed caper and cinnamon. Notes of fresh quince and spice add to the wines complexity. The palate is well structured and complex thanks to ageing in French barriques, leading to a clean fresh finish.

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  9. Man O' War Ironclad

    Man O' War Ironclad 2010

    £29.00

    £29.00

    With a name like Man O’ War Ironclad, you’d be forgiven if you reached for the nearest potential weapon and ran to a strategic position whilst calling for back up. But we would advise against that. We would advise you to raise a white flag and surrender yourself to this sublime piece of artistry (see what we did there).

    A blend of Bordeaux grape varieties from no less than 45 different plots, which are all handled separately in the winery to maximise their individual potential before being blended, Ironclad has huge complexity of blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and wild thyme.

    The palate is very concentrated with a supple texture and a streak of minerality on the finish. Needless to say, this powerful wine will strive from victory to victory for at least a decade.

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  10. Château La Garde 2005

    Château La Garde Pessac Leognan 2008

    £30.00

    £30.00

    So beautiful is this wine, that grown men and women have been known to drop to their knees and weep, not quite knowing what to do with all the silky, supply, velvety liquid that is contained in this bottle.

    They just weren’t prepared for the red cherry and plum purity, the oceanic depths of pure fruit, and the sweet mint and myriad spices that danced across their palates like elves in a forest. They just weren’t ready. Are you?

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  11. Le Cigare Volant Bonny Doon Vineyards

    Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Cigare Volant Blanc 2013

    £30.00

    £30.00

    It’s one thing to have a knack for something, but Californian vintner Randall Grahm has a very peculiar knack for bringing traditional and more out-there techniques together to create a kind of beautiful third dimension. Whilst he studiously replicates the grape blends of France’s Rhône Valley – earning himself the nickname ‘The Rhône Ranger’ – he also calls upon the astronomical calendar when attending to his beloved vines. Like a Zen master, he doesn't interfere with the process, preferring to let nature (wild yeasts) to do the work (fermentation). In the case of this white Rhône blend, this has resulted in transcendent finesse, with mystical aromas of lavender and quince, leading to a palate of mango and pear. Out of this world.

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  12. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme

    This wine comes from vines perched on top of a hill that is nothing much to look at, which is routinely battered by the harsh mistral wind and which is characterised by a landscape of large rocks.

    BUT (and we like a big but here at Oddbins), it is hallowed land for growing Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and the like. It has a unique geological make-up that we won’t bore you with here, but which means that you can buy bottles of pure, unadulterated joy like this vibrant, red-fruit and clove-flavoured hero of a wine.

    ‘Nuff said! (Or, if not ‘nuff said, have a look at the Read More section below)

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  13. Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    £33.00

    £33.00

    If you’re a world-class winery, you will be in possession of a few things, including a gifted winemaker and a well-placed vineyard. Man O’ War have both of these. Their winemaker, Duncan McTavish is basically a grape-whisperer and the vineyard where the Syrah vines grow might as well have an X marking the spot on the map. It has a well-angled slope, which means the vine can catch the sun for the longest amount of time, and a cooling sea breeze, which means the grapes don’t get hot under the collar. All of which leads to a breath-taking wine, with smoky peat notes draped over the overt blueberry and pepper aromas. Concentrated yet well-balanced, with vibrant acidity and a streak of almost salty minerality, it would be perfect with wood-fired pigeon.

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  14. Le Petit Haut Lafite Blanc Pessac 2015 White Wine

    Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac 2015

    £34.00

    £34.00

    For centuries, locals in a small corner of Pessac Leognan have followed a singular tradition to appoint apprentice winemakers. While coveted, the apprenticeship comes with responsibility, and those chosen have no say. The position is decided by fate.

    Every five years, youths gather outside the vineyard to file past the Master of Ceremonies. As they pass, an ancient beret once worn by the region's most esteemed vigneron is placed upon their head. Tiny as he was, the beret is generally too small. But, each time the beret drops snuggly on a bonce a new apprentice is proclaimed. As they say, raising a glass, “if the Haut Lafittes, wear it!”

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  15. Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux Red Wine

    Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    If this Chateauneuf Du Pape was a mythical beast it would be the Panther,  a mighty cat from greek folk lore.  With it's sleek yet full bodied, powerful dark berry fruit and liqourice flavours.  This creature's charm is so irresistible that when it roared all thngs would fall prey to it's call. Equally as appropiate - the story goes the Panther is the favoured stead of Dionysus- God of the harvest, wine, festivitals and good times! A special wine for memorable occasions...or toga parties? 

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  16. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rose Cotes de Provence Wine France

    Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rosé 2015

    £37.00

    £37.00

    A premium pale pink robe with eglantine highlights. On the nose are mourvèdre aromas and notes of citrus fruit, as well as very fresh touches of liquorice.

    On the palate there is a fine balance between freshness and liveliness, with aromas of white fleshy fruits. It is typified by a sharp texture – fresh, silky and long-lasting.

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  17. Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon American Wine

    Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    £38.00

    £38.00

    If you want a proper pork pie, you get it from Melton Mowbray. If you want a handmade alpaca-wool scarf, you get it from Peru. If you want a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, you go the Médoc in Bordeaux, Coonawarra in Australia or Rutherford Bench in the Napa Valley. OK there are many other places too, but these names stand as benchmarks of quality. Frog’s Leap’s founder John Williams wanted a piece of the Rutherford pie and, following a decade-long pursuit, by Jove he got it. Now that he has it, he is seriously making the most out of it. Topped up with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this Cabernet Sauvignon has the gorgeous ‘Rutherford Rust’ minerality, earthy warmth and intensity that make this region’s wines so desirable.

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  18. Ségla Margaux French Wine

    Ségla Margaux 2009

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Château Rauzan-Ségla has an incredibly long and colourful history, dating back to 1661 and featuring Very Important Families, tragedy, intrigue and, latterly, a brilliant renaissance, spearheaded by the new owners at Chanel. They have lovingly restored the Château to its former glory and have installed new equipment and even bottle Ségla – their second wine – with a screwcap. They strike a great balance between tradition and modernity and this structured, poised, tight and intense wine is testament to that.

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  19. Domaine François Villard Les Terrasses du Palat Condrieu 2013 White Wine
    As toweringly impressive as the steeply-terraced vineyards that the Viognier grape grows, basking in long hours of northern Rhône sun, this wine has something majestic about it. The pitch-perfect peach, apricot and quince fill your lungs with ripe, orchard fruit goodness while the more nuanced, clean, mineral streak that you’d want from a seriously good Condrieu keep the picture in perfect balance. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece. We sometimes find ourselves drawing up a stool and just gazing at the bottle, rapt.

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  20. Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flavour. Brunello di Montalcino is one of those reds that give Italy such a glimmering reputation for incredible, food-friendly wines.

    In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet, co-founder and winemaker at Carpineto, fell in love with Tuscany and its wines, and made it his life’s mission to produce modern, world class wines here. His Brunello is big, firm and tight, with flavours of liquorice, raspberries and vanilla.

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  21. Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £42.00

    £42.00

    A red wine with distinctive cassis influence with a cedary spine covered with dark cherry, waxy crayon earthiness, graphite and enticing undertones. On the palate it is rich with blackcurrant and firm ripe tannins indicating that this wine has at least a decade of ageing potential.

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  22. Vega Sicilia Pintia Toro 2011

    Vega Sicilia Pintia Toro 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    A very warm wine, robust and meaty but also unexpectedly fresh. While its ""brother"" is more fruity, this ""Pintia Toro"" is more rustic and oaky. The Toro region is close to Portugal so it is a very sunny area. The sun brings the power to the wine but the Duero river is not that far so we also get some fresh acidity.

    There's so much going on, whether on the nose or palate, that we don’t even know where to start. This wine needs at least two hours of breathing but while you do this you should pour a glass and check its nose and the evolution that takes place during those two hours. Each time you will feel that you're smelling a different wine and you'll be thinking about a blue sky and sunflowers rather than Christmas roses.

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  23. Roche de Bellene Chassagne Montrachet French White Wine

    Roche de Bellene Chassagne Montrachet 2013

    £44.00

    £44.00

    This wine is hand harvested and using only natural yeast before the grapes are gently pressed and the juice transferred to barrel for the two fermentation processes. After 16 months on the fine lees, the wine is racked and bottled. It has a floral nose with notes of white roses followed by sweet lime. On the palate it has soft front fruit flavours followed by white peach and then lime, wrapped in cream but with a refreshing clean mineral finish.

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  24. Domaine Chavy Puligny Montrachet French White Wine 2013

    Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2013

    £45.00

    £45.00

    In 1994, the Domaine Gérard Chavy family estate was split in two between brothers Alain and Jean-Louis, who had formerly the estate together. Jean-Louis went his way and Alain went his.

    We don’t want to wade in on this French familial affair, but we do want to wade in with our opinions on Alain’s winemaking skills: he’s blooming talented! He makes this shimmying, sassy, apricot and lime-imbued jewel of a white wine in his half of the domaine and ages it in what is one of the few underground wine cellars in Burgundy, where this Pulighny-Montrachet has aged sublimely. To be savoured.

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  25. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    £45.00

    £45.00

    We’ve fallen a little head-over-heels in love with the Penfolds Bin 389…

    This dark horse seduces your senses with aromas of dark fruits, vanilla, cinnamon and even a hint of chocolate! Enticing flavours of fruit and spices make it simply irresistible. Not to mention the juicy and succulent tannins.

    Long, lingering and ludicrously luscious. A special wine that’s perfect for sharing with that special someone.

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  26. Cantine Gemma 'Giblin' Barolo Italian Wine

    Gemma 'Giblin' Barolo 2008

    £49.00

    £49.00

    The Cantine Gemma premises formerly belonged to the Marchesi Falletti’s Opera Pia Barolo, which we rather like the idea of. Although it’s now a fully decked, state-o’-the-art winery, we like to imagine that the spirits of the opera singers still inhabit the place and imbue the wines with a certain romance and drama.

    It certainly tastes like that with Giblin, which is a delightful overture, with the statuesque male protagonist of firm tannins and smoke playing perfectly against the wistful, feminine notes of roses and heady yet elegant spice. Bravo.

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  27. Remoissenet Gevrey Chambertin Red Wine Pinot Noir

    Remoissenet Gevrey Chambertin 2012

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Fragrant notes of red fruit and subtle gamey aromas. The palate is muscular yet with ripe tannins and very good concentration of fruit, and an amazingly long fresh finish.

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  28. Chateau Cantemerle 2005 Red Wine

    Chateau Cantemerle 2005

    £55.00

    £55.00

    This 2005 red wine is an extremely pronounced red in colour, quintessential of a great vintage. It is still abit reserved on the nose, but on the palate it shines through with elegance and smoothness with crispy, silky tannins. Opulent, delicate and freshness to the finish.

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  29. Gaja Dragomis Barolo Red Wine

    Gaja Dragomis Barolo 2012

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue: "Do you know where the wild roses grow, so sweet, scarlet and free?" Well, Angelo Gaja the winemaker seems to have the answer. Just open this bottle, pour a glass and let it breathe for a while.

    Then just enjoy the nose of mixed aromatic herbs & spices underlining the delicate notes of rose, leading to aromas of anise and wild fennel. Drink it with roast beef and it will offer some very generous flavours of berries and a savoury feeling too.

    This is one of the most popular wines from the Piedmont region, don't miss it!

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  30. Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses 2011
    From an estate that boasts four out of seven of Chablis' Grand Cru vineyards, this Chablis is rather special. With 65 year old vines, kimmeridgian soils and a winemaker with 25 years of experience, you couldn’t really find a wine with more prestige. This wine is a true reflection of the famous Chablis terroir; it has an explosion of minerality, fresh citrus fruit and lush peach and nectarine flavours. It shows finesse with integrated acidity and delicate floral notes on the finish; a truly distinctive wine which is way out in front of its neighbours.

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  31. Marchand Tawse Gevrey 1er Burgundy Wine

    Marchand Tawse Gevrey-Chambertin "La Perriere" 1er 2012

    £60.00

    £60.00

    The Marchand Tawse Gevrey is a vivacious and pure red wine. The Perrière delights the palate with notes of buckthorn and crushed limestone, swirling into a lacy texture and a bright finish.

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  32. Vega Sicilia Alion 2012

    Vega Sicilia Alion 2012

    £60.00

    £60.00

    No words are good enough to describe this wine. On the nose we get a special brightness of fruit, shiny cherries and raspberries, the palate is quite round, polished, and on top of the fruit we get some notes of dark chocolate. This is quite a classic Ribera Del Duero but somehow it feels exuberant.

    If this wine was a human being, it would probably be Elton John, playing classic pop music, but with a touch of craziness as well. It would wear giant green sunglasses, a multi-coloured feathered hat, some red trousers made with glitter and last but not least it would wear yellow clown shoes. You'll get unusual flavours and feelings but you will know what you’re drinking is quite something!

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  33. Marchand Tawse Corton French Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2013

    £65.00

    £65.00

    With a cellar potential of up to 20 years this wine must look a bit like a young Bob Dylan-expressive yet possessing huge developmental potential.

    Ok so calling this wine poetic may cause some to be violently ill! But just listen to legions and fan clubs of the grape Pinot Noir next time they don't think they're being over heard. You'll think your in a 1920s speak easy or an underground jazz club.

    If these folk had a bottle of this wine you'd never shut them up... Blue berries, red cherries, dried roses, lavender ... Pinot Noir fans are actually a pretty good bunch. (Pun intended)

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  34. Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2013

    Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2013

    £100.00

    £100.00

    RWT: Rather Wonderful and Terrific.*

    A bright, deep red in colour, Penfolds RWT Shiraz is abundant with fruit and spice aromas. Initially, the nose is treated to boysenberry and mulberry, followed by Moroccan spices laced with malt and mustard seed. Then, hints of nuts and cedar oak intermingle with the scents of freshly glazed figs and brandy snaps.

    This fruitiness follows onto the palate where luscious cranberry and blueberry flavours are found. Stylish, balanced and persistent, the wine provides pronounced tannins that are accompanied with a flow of Barossa fruits.

    *RWT actually stands for Red Winemaking Trial but fortunately for us it made it past the trials and on to our tables back in 2000!

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  35. The Armagh

    Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2009

    £130.00

    £130.00

    Jim Barry’s legendary Armagh is a forceful, powerfully tannic yet majestically elegant wine that will have no problems seeing out another 15-20 years in a lovely, cool dark cellar. You might even feel tempted to go down there and stand vigil over it, to make sure nobody disturbs its evolution. But beware, it is seriously enjoyable even now in its infancy, with flavours of red currants, black cherries and blueberries and an undercurrent of freshly turned earth and truffles, so you may find yourself proving a slightly useless guard.

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  36. Sassicaia 2014 Red Wine

    Sassicaia 2014

    £145.00

    £145.00

    Its creator, Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, first made the pioneering decision to plant cabernet sauvignon here in the 1940s. Although cultivating cabernet in Italy was almost unheard of, Mario was a great claret fan, and he realised that the climate and soils of Bordeaux were similar to those of part of his estate. Using grafts from Château Lafite, he planted the vines by the family fortress, where they would be protected from the sea breezes. Sassicaia was launched in 1968, with the help of Giacamo Tachis – his co

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  37. Penfolds Grange 2012

    Penfolds Grange 2012

    £400.00

    £400.00

    Penfolds Grange instantly expresses its exuberance from the moment that the dense and dark liquid hits the glass.

    Offering its drinker a multitude of sweet and savoury aromas, Grange first tempts the nose with black olives, liquorice and a hint of soy. These are quickly followed by wafts of tiramisu, mascarpone and zabaglione before notes of freshly roasted hazelnut and ground coffee beans are introduced.

    This fresh and refined tipple demonstrates big and bright flavours of red liquorice, gravy reduction and black olive tapenade to mention but a few! Irresistibly deep, Grange is abundant with red fruits and the weighty wine is encrusted with dusty, softened tannins.

    Penfolds argue that Grange is Australia’s most celebrated wine. A bold claim, but for a beautifully bold wine. And we can see exactly what all the fuss is about.

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