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Lalande de Pomerol is a wee appellation just to the north of the more famous Pomerol. Things are done in a similar way and with similar blends – predominantly Merlot, with a dash of Cabernet Franc and maybe Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec.
So, if you like salvage yards, second hand shops and other such treasure troves, get your hands on this beauty. A red wine that has all the approachability of Pomerol, with hints of fresh coffee, creamy chocolate and a touch of oak spice, with a more approachable price tag, so you can approach without caution…Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (10%)Oak:6Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£6.30Lemons are great. You can squeeze them on fish to make the fish more lovely and you can put them in water to make a nice little hand wash. However, they are blimming sharp.
So, what we prefer is a WINE that TASTES like lemons, but doesn’t make you screw your face up and wince! Plus, it has other flavours, like quince and pear, which are awesome. Overall, we think that’s Cigarra 1: Lemons 0.arinto, Fernao Pires, Seara Nova3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
A vibrant Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia, from a producer whose name translates as ‘lend a hand’, with a label that refers to the Castells of Catalonia, the human pyramids that form an eye-popping attraction in so many public festivities in the region. The Castells, great symbols of co-operation, were declared by UNESCO in 2010 to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Crikey! But speaking of orals and intangibles, the region makes a remarkable amount of utterly wonderful wines, and we'd be delighted to let anybody give us a hand to drink this refreshing, creamy, green apple packed, delicious white wine!Garnacha Blanca (100%)4Light Full bodied2Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
£7.60From Salvador Dalí's home territory comes this remarkably vibrant young red, with an awful lot going on. A youthful clarity on the eye prepares us for red fruit aromas that come out of the glass at us quicker than a man dressed as a nun riding a bicycle, cherry and raspberry flavours race round the palate like ants from a hole in the palm, and a fresh fruit finish lingers as if it were a grand piano with a dead donkey on it. Picking the bottle back up from we left it, draped over a tree, we wonder what just came over us. The wine's lovely, whatever all that other stuff was about. How odd! Anyway, better go and answer the lobster...Garnarcha / Grenache6Light Full bodied2Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2014***
Five. That’s how many reasons there are to love this wine. Let us begin:
1) De Bosman is a passionate, fifth generation family-owned winery, having first moved to the Lelienfontein farm in 1798.
2) Their 250 workers own 30% of the estate so are very invested in every aspect of production.
3) They use solar panels and everything from grafting the vines to picking the wines is done by hand.
4) It is fair trade.
5) This red has fantastic sense of place, with the classic Wellington Merlot flavours of rich chocolate and pepper underpinning the lush red and black fruit. Yee-haw.Merlot (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied5Dry SweetSuitable For Vegetarians
£8.78The De Bos Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a vibrant green wine with a lime green rim. It has notes of kiwi, gooseberries and passion fruit on the nose. Beautiful mouth feel on the palate with a long fruity finish.Sauvignon Blanc (100%)3Light Full bodied
A wine of the consistency and quality we come to expect from the well respected Luigi Tacchino.
The fresh nose displays citrus fruit, apples and floral notes. The clean and light bodied palate is filled with Orchard fruit, lemons and a hint of almonds. The wine is balanced with a crisp and almost minerally acidity and ha a long finish.Cortese (100%)4Dry Sweet
Robola is a citrusy, floral and chunky white, chosen for Oddbins by Londoner Jessica Shinner after she discovered it on holiday in Kefalonia, via The Listing. If you haven’t had your ear pinned to the ground (tut tut), The Listing gives you, the consumer, the opportunity to tell us about your favourite holiday wine which, if we concur, could end up on our shelves! V v exciting, darlings.
The weird (and wonderful) thing about Robola is that it was actually featured in the bestselling book, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which became a film starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Talk about pedigree! But this is what Jessica has to say about it:
'The pale lemon appearance reflects the clean, crisp nose but neither give away the interesting combination of flavours on the palate. Some citrus and slight vegetal notes complement the warm apricot and subtle honey tones to create this wonderfully drinkable wine. Pair with fresh seafood for a delicious Mediterranean feast'.Robola (100%)5Light Full bodied3Dry SweetSuitable For Vegetarians
£9.50A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit.Tempranillo (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£12.50A Rioja from a declared vintage! Not really, but nearly. This is a step up from normal Reserva and is only possible in an exceptional year.Glorioso, if you don't know, has a markedly more elegant house style (hinted at by the Burgundy-shaped bottle) and this is a very capable food-pair Rioja. Medium-bodied and very smooth this is really rather special.Tempranillo (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
This is just what's needed from a South African red wine at the moment and marks a pleasant departure from the kind of red you may already know.
This is a more balanced red and, as its back label rightly questions: "Is it New World or is it Old World?". This best-of-both -worlds balance is something SA is getting down to a tee, and at a respectable 13.5%, this is good enough to be both.Cabernet Sauvignon (69%), Merlot (31%)Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
Grab this Granite Ridge and get it on your granite worktop; this is a food loving superstar. If you've yet to try Chenin or have only tried super cheap mass market stuff then give this still modestly priced little fella a go. It will knock your socks off.
With an utterly charming blend of soft ripe fruit and a lick of mouthwatering acidity, this is a white wine that will have you reaching for your apron, then stopping to savour, then reaching for your apron again to throw together one of many ideal food matches...Chenin Blanc (100%)3Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£8.50Jean-Luc Colombo's wines provide exceptional quality for every day Rhône drinking. The affectionate nickname for husband, father, winemaker and charismatic figurehead, Jean-Luc, is ‘the winemaking wizard of the Rhône Valley’ and this sassy, swaggeringly-fruited blend of Clairette Blanche and Rousanne really does feel like it’s sprinkled with magic.Clairette Blanche (80%), Roussanne (20%)Oak:3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
When winemakers make wine, they are painting. They may not wear stripy tops and live bohemian lifestyles, but are artists nonetheless and they take their inspiration and their materials from the land around them.
In this instance, the materials are the gentle slopes of the southern Rhône, plentiful sun, which provide enough warmth for the grapes to reach ripeness. They then have the after-effects of the Mistral wind, which tears through the northern Rhône and arrives downstream, offering grapes a gentle respite from the Mediterranean sun.
In the hands of the artists at Jean-Luc Colombo, they turn this palate into a bold, firmly-structured, fine-grained, beauty of a painting.Syrah / Shiraz (50%), Grenache (45%), Mourvèdre (5%)6Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
We’d really like to talk about this wine. But we’d prefer to do it à la Jean-Luc Picard, of the Star Ship Enterprise, if we may (the winemaker’s called Jean-Luc, we’re immature, what can we say…)
Captain’s Log, stardate 9357.6. Our destination is Rhône, where our sensors have detected signs of red fruits and gentle spice. Not just that; Spock says there appears to be a tight structure in place. Curious. Nothing has changed in Rhône for generations and their time-honoured traditions make it greatly interesting to us. Wait, they’ve locked their phasers onto us! Red (wine) alert!Syrah / Shiraz (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
Whether it’s shaving off a few seconds at the finish line in a three-legged race at your offspring’s sports day or an all-night Breaking Bad marathon, we all aim to excel in beating our own Personal Best.
Peter Barry however, wasn’t even competing when he created his own Personal Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz, but his friends and family loved it so much that they urged him to create more, thus creating his own PB trademark wine.
Bold, bulky and bursting with vibrant fruits of black cherry and plum, we can only thank his family for offering such sage advice.Syrah / Shiraz (71%), Cabernet Sauvignon (29%)Oak:7Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
Only in Australia could they produce an opera singer called Dame Nellie Melba and, likewise, only in Australia could they make a wine so hauntingly lovely as this Syrah Gamay blend. It pays tribute to Yarra Valley native Dame Nellie Melba, who enchanted the world as Mimi in ‘La Boheme’ in 1913.
Like Dame Nelly, who raised huge sums for war charities, this red is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. The cool hills of the Yarra Valley have created a delicately fragranced, white pepper-laced wine, where red fruits meet dry herbs on a soft, textural bed of dark chocolate and spice.
One sip and we guarantee you’ll be on your feet for a standing ovation.Syrah / Shiraz (87%), Gamay (13%)Oak:5Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
Macrocarpa is like the old childhood friend you grew apart from, whom you meet years later and hit it off with all over again. Because, like child hood friends, there are many out there, but only a few that stand out and this isn’t just another New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
But what sets it apart? We’re betting on the 20 per cent oak which gives a rounder mouth-feel and a more boosted body. Complex and feisty with a habit of keeping you coming back time and time again, that’s our mate Macrocarpa. We’re not letting this one slip through our fingers again.Sauvignon Blanc (100%)Oak:6Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
Meet my friend, Blaufränkisch. You don't think you know each other? Oh, I'm sure your paths will have crossed before now. Maybe in Hungary, where it's known as Kékfrankos and is a major constituent of Bull's Blood. Or maybe in a bottle of Zweigelt - he's one of the parents! Or maybe you met that time in Croatia, where the waiter recommended a bottle of Frankova.
Yeah, my friend gets around. There you go, see, you met him in Austria a few years ago, when you had that bottle of light red wine that just came alive in your mouth, full of berries and cherries and even a touch of orange! Maybe he kind of sits quietly at the back, but everybody knows Blaufränkisch!Blaufränkisch (100%)
Like a Carry On show, Carmenère invariably features fruity behaviour and a voluptuous body, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. This particular example is made with grapes grown in East Mendoza and the Uco valley, in some of the highest vineyards in the world. This means that, like the sharp tongue of Matron, the temperature is cool enough to give acidity and balance to the more fruity aspects.
A dark, seductive wine, displaying aromas of wild blackberries, blackcurrant jam and spices, it has a well-rounded palate that is both soft and firm (altogether now, ooh Matron!)Carménère (100%)Oak:8Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
£6.98If it were a lonely hearts ad, we think Pora Py’a’s Merlot would read something like this: I’m a young charmer with a big heart. My looks are dark and Latino, but my appeal is more than skin-deep… Give me a try and I’ll woo you with generosity, a plush feel and a darkly fruity GSOH. My ideal partner would be a gregarious, fun-seeking individual who enjoys partying at the weekend (I love a party), as well as a homely mid-week dinner (we Argentines love our food).Merlot (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
Some of the most joyful times of our lives are the most simple. Walking along beaches, laughing your head off, making friends: it’s not rocket science. You do not need a Masters degree in Philosophy to appreciate a walk.
And neither do you need to complicate wine: a fresh, zesty, clean Sauvignon like this is straight-up joy. You could complicate it a bit by serving it with fish and chips. Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound – why not completely muddy the water and serve it with fish ‘n’ chips, with friends, on the beach.Sauvignon Blanc (100%)3Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£6.75Firstly, this isn’t wine for kids. We know it looks like a lighthouse and it has a toy train on it, but this is strictly adult fun only. Secondly, our contact at the winery is called Quintus Masson, which is one of the best names ever.
However, remember that for the price of changing your name by deed poll you can buy two bottles of this and still get change. Finally, we challenge you to find a better value, crisper and more herbaceous Chenin Blanc than this little ripper.Chenin Blanc (100%)3Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
‘Like a rainy day that is not wet/like a gambling fiend that does not bet/like Dracula without his fangs/like the boogie-to-the-boogie without the boogie bang’ rapped the Sugarhill Gang in 1979, on the frankly long version of Rapper's Delight. ‘What is?’ enquired your then teenage scribe, who never actually found out.
He might have been talking about this paradoxical yet utterly delicious non-fizzy Prosecco, which has all the flavour of its sparkling siblings but without a bubble to be seen.
Green apple aromas meet floral touches on the way to a full and luscious, spumante-spurning palate. ‘Like toil and trouble without the double double/like Prosecco wine that doesn't have the bubbles,’ they may have added. Maybe they did. Maybe the song kept writing itself, a twelve-inch enormo-mix ending only at the beginning in an infinite loop. Who knows..?Glera (100%)2Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
Rasteau is a village in the southern Rhone, where either life is particularly hard, or they just like to have a good time. One way or another they like a wine with a bit of oomph. Best known for fortified wines, they also produce lush reds that need no fortification to scale the heady heights of 15% by volume.
A bit of a beast you might think, but not at all – or at least if it is, it’s a very civilized beast. Perhaps not exactly a wolf in sheep’s clothing, maybe more of a wolf in the natty threads of a well groomed and immaculately behaved pedigree wolf hound.Grenache/Garnacha (70%), Shiraz/Syrah (20%), Carignan (5%), Mourvèdre (5%)Oak:5Light Full bodied1Dry SweetSuitable For Vegetarians
£6.08Sometimes you just want to turn the radio on and let somebody else make your mind up for you. You've made mind-bending decisions all day, you don't want to come home and choose between Stockhausen and Ornette Coleman. Just press a button and dig what comes out, you'll like it more than you expected.
Like this wine, it's smooth, fruity and friendly, and it doesn't want you to beat yourself up looking for a greater profundity. There you go, ‘don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy...’ Perfect. You didn't even know the Eagles were so good. Everything is splendid.Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
£6.08It’s a happy little chappy is this wine. Like a gregarious mate, you can take it anywhere and it’s guaranteed to quickly raise a smile with its easy charm and its bright, sunny character, full of the blissful Californian sun.
Its ripe yellow plum and cantaloupe melon flavours would buddy up easily with a spicy vegetable stir-fry, ideally with a bunch of old friends, a comfy sofa and a Shirley Valentine DVD.Zinfandel (100%)5Light Full bodied6Dry SweetSuitable For Vegans
£9.50Stefanini Soave is made from the Garganega grape. the regions indegeous varietal. The colour of the wine is straw yellow with greenish reflections. On the nose it is delicate and flowery, with notes of elderberry and hawthorn, together with juicy sensations of ripe peach, apricot and tropical fruits. It gracefully reveals the typical white flowers and almond mark of the Garganega variety. On the palate it is dry, medium-bodied and smooth with a pleasant long mineral finish.Garganega (100%)
This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.
This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...Syrah / Shiraz (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£6.75This medium-bodied dry white wine is another quality installment from the ever impressive South African winemakers Wellington. It has an abundance of tropical aromas and citrussy character on the nose, progressing to a lively mineral finish.Sauvignon Blanc (85%), Colombard (15%)
If you dissect the name ‘Spätburgunder’ – the German name for Pinot Noir – you can deduce two things: it ripens late (‘spät – think Spätlese; ‘late harvest’), and it was brought over to Germany from a certain wine-making region in France (guess which one).
Turns out this thin-skinned beauty absolutely thrives in the volcanic Kaiserstuhl region. Here it picks up a mineral edge that sets it aside from its Burgundian brother, and arguably makes it the cooler of the two.
Berry-scented and balanced, this red wine shows that Germany is definitely a home from home for this Gallic grape.Pinot Noir (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
£15.75The ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) notion which began to gather steam a few years ago is at best misleading. The problem wasn't with Chardonnay per se, rather with Bad Chardonnay, but ABBC just doesn't work somehow. Perhaps Banish Bad Chardonnay might have conveyed a clearer idea while giving good acronym. In fact, give me half an hour and I'll have one for "embrace beautiful, Burgundy-styled German Chardonnay, meticulously oaked to retain a breathtaking balance of bite and depth." Or just open the bottle and make one up for yourself.Chardonnay (100%)