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  1. Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Possessive' Red Blend Australian Red Wine  2014

    Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Possessive' Red Blend 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    You can be complex yet still approachable. Look at Living in The Past by Jethro Tull, a record so wonderfully catchy that you'd never notice its complex 5/4 time signature. Look at Stephen Fry, his mind constantly whirling about like an orrery while he's one of the most popular chaps on television.

    And look at this wine, three grapes that bounce off each other's differing personalities like an old Beatles interview, with heavy Shiraz lifting musky Grenache, which softens the Mataro which sharpens the Shiraz which... and so on, like an Escher staircase.

    Suffice it to say that all this activity need not even momentarily distract you from what is a thoroughly delicious, complex and approachable modern red wine. Hats off to Larry!
  2. Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 South Australian Red Wine

    Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £14.25

    £14.25

    Berton is a family-run set up that has risen promptly from humble beginnings in 2005. Having started on a plot of land that was dubbed 'the Bonsai' vineyard due to its gnarled, water-deprived vines, founder/owner Bob Berton introduced a better water supply and, resultantly, blinding wines.

    This Cabernet has an impenetrable black colour, fragrant and concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, fresh tobacco and sweet pepper and an intense, fine-grained palate of cassis, minerals and toasty oak.
  3. Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2013 Spanish Red Wine

    Bodegas Áster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    One of those red wines that is so good it is likely to instantly convert many into lifelong devotees of Spanish wine. This is full-bodied with a deep, swirling whirlpool of dark Tempranillo character and an inspirational vanilla-tinged reminder of top quality oak. An excellent treat to keep in the kitchen for an unexpected special night in after a tough week - but way, way too good to add to anything that requires stirring.
  4. Boer & Brit The General South African Red Wine 2014

    Boer & Brit The General 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    An unorthodox Bordeaux blend, minus the Cabernet Sauvignon. This generous, full bodied red wine has been produced using the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot with a touch of Merlot. Hedgerow fruits, blue berries and spice notes are intensified by velvet tannins and a touch of oak.
  5. Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux Red Wine

    Châteauneuf 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 things 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?
  6. Torresilo Ribera del Duero

    Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2014

    £37.00

    £37.00

    Like the Royal Family at the moment, Cillar de Silos just go from strength to strength, and they don't even have Kate Middleton on their team.

    The Aragón family has made wine for personal consumption for as long as records go, but in the 1970s Amalio Aragón started acquiring top vineyard sites in Ribera del Duero.

    His grandson, Óscar, is now head winemaker and is known for making incredible wines, like this deep, meditative, luscious and minerally Tempranillo. Who needs Kate?
  7. Clos Bellane 'Les Echalas' Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Rouge 2012

    Clos Bellane 'Les Echalas' Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Rouge 2014

    £20.50

    £20.50

    It's well known that many indigenous people of the Rhone, like most mountain folk, are short and squat. To be born tall and thin is a boon, here; and from an early age these 'beanpoles' are singled out for specialist work, picking the higher grapes from the tops of the vines.

    Taking it's name from the French for pole, or stake, 'Éschalas' honours these gangly individuals, without whom those sun-filled grapes right at the top of the vine would never have made it into this belting Rhone blend. Honest...
  8. Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane French Red Wine 2014

    Domaine de L'Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane 2014

    £26.50

    £26.50

    Châteauneuf is a classic. And this is as breathtaking an example as you're likely to come by at this outstandingly reasonable price tag. With this vintage of Cuvée Capelane outscoring renowned competitors at twice the price in many a contest, Domaine de l'Arnesque really are showcasing their virtuosity here. Smooth, rich and profound, this is a really unmissable must-try expression of this exalted style of red wine.
  9. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme

    Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme 2013

    £33.00

    £33.00

    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)
  10. Domingo Molina Malbec 2012

    Domingo Molina Malbec 2014

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Sometimes we wish we had more than words with which to convey our wines to you. If we could, we'd take you into a saddlery, clad you in the softest purple velvet and then crush some freshly-picked red cherries, blackberries in a pestle and mortar, add a twist of schezuan pepper and present it to you, saying "this. This is what you are buying if you buy this wine." We have to sadly accept the reality that we can't do that, but we hope you get the picture.
  11. Dos Dedos de Fente 2010  Red Wine

    Dos Dedos de Frente 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Dos Dedos de Frente is a contraction of 'no tiene dos dedos de frente'. This translates literally as 'he doesn't have two fingers of forehead' but is actually a Spanish idiom meaning 'he isn't the brightest button in the haberdashers', or a modern equivalent. You're worried now, aren't you?

    Well don't be, because all you really need to know is that this is a deliciously intense wine with a cassis and violet nose and a full, black fruit palate thickened with well-integrated oak. But it'll be a while before you can find that out for yourself, because you're not even thinking about the wine yet, are you?

    Instead, you've got your fingers on your forehead, and you're wondering if your forehead begins at the top of your nose, or just above your eyebrows. Stop it, just pick the glass up!
  12. El Puno Garnacha 2011

    El Puno Garnacha 2011

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine makes us want to do star jumps and cartwheels for joy, as it represents so much of what is exciting about Spanish wine. First off, it comes from Calatayud - a lesser-known wine region whose quality, like the rest of the Aragon region, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. Secondly, it is made by the vinicultural wizard that is Norrel Robertson MW. Scotsman Norrel has been making wine in Spain for 12 years and has qualifications and accolades coming out of his ears. No surprise, then, that this Garnacha, made with grapes from old vines (giving concentration), using local yeasts for fermentation (which suit the local grapes) and lightly-toasted re-used French Oak barrels (lets the wine's crushed violets and black cherry flavours shine), is an absolute belter.
  13. Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM

    Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM 2013

    £22.00

    £22.00

    We all need a little TLC now and then. A bit of pampering. A brief brush with luxury sometimes to make us feel special. Well, FYI, this GSM is an easy way to get yourself feeling that way ASAP. Plush, rich, velvety textures; seductive aromas of violet and anise; sumptuous rounded tones.

    Feel waited on hand and foot by a team of grapes. Our warm, earthy Mourvedre; gentle Grenache; and bold Shiraz. There's no need to DIY BTW. Just relax. Let the wine do the work, and let your worries go AWOL a while.
  14. Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Eternum Viti Toro or "Eternal Viti Toro," of course referencing the formation of the 12th Century fountain of youth in Toro, north of Madrid. Historians of Medieval Spain largely agree that the fountain formed when a drug corporation dumped a large amount of waste multivitamins or "Viti" in the river Douro. Since then, the men and women of Toro have been damn attractive well into their 70s & their wine has never gone bad. This is why Columbus took Toro wines to discover America, or India or wherever that dude thought he was going.
  15. Fleur du Thénac Rouge

    Fleur du Thénac Rouge 2012

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Weirdly Thénac is famous for the Lascaux Caves (faded graffiti of fat horses), truffles (a fungus that is a favourite snack for swine but inexplicably costs humans a fortune), foie gras (the delicious side of animal cruelty) and its unspoilt countryside (yay, look another tree, yawn). In our opinion this is all wrong. The real flower of Thénac is this aptly named wine. The Fleur du Thénac is a modern French red that puts many of its limelight-hogging famous neighbours in Bordeaux to shame, proven by it being chosen to be served on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flights.
  16. Greywacke Chardonnay 2013 white wine

    Greywacke Chardonnay 2013

    £32.00

    £32.00

    This crisp, dry white wine is a bit like your Grandma. She's generally got something tasty in the oven making the house smell like baked apples, toasted hazelnuts, fig, brioche, pink grapefruit and...meadow hay? (reign it in a bit Mrs. Cropley!)

    She's a classy lady, perhaps a little nutty and has plenty of rich life experiences to share but once you get her going she can go on and on and, well, you get the idea. Just like Grandma's stories, Greywacke Chardonnay has a palate that just keeps going.
  17. 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.
  18. La Multa El Recurso Old Vine Garnacha 2014 Red Wine

    La Multa El Recurso Old Vine Garnacha 2014

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Flying Scotsman may sound like the name of a catamaran in the North Sea, but it is actually the (translated) name of the winery behind this full-throttle Spanish red, Escocés Volante. Which, in turn, is named after its Scottish winemaker and genius, Norrel Robertson MW.

    Not content with his Politics MA, he joined the wine industry and, one Master of Wine degree and one distinction in Postgraduate Viticulture and Oenology course later, he set up Escocés Volante, where the accolades keep coming.

    La Multa is made with grapes from old Garnacha vines grown at high altitudes, which have given rise to raspberry, sweet leather and spice-laden flavours. Proof that it pays to swot.
  19. Las Morades 'Senda' 2013 Spanish Red Wine

    Las Moradas 'Senda' 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    For years, the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos mountains were riddled with bandits. One night, they kidnapped the baby daughter of the local judge who had promised to rid the region of their scourge. As well as taking the baby, they plundered his precious vines, stripping them of fruit. The judge should know his place. He was, of course, heartbroken.

    Trackers scoured the area, but the rough terrain and mountain scrub yielded no clues as to where the baby had been taken. Until years later. Wandering the hills ever hopeful, the judge noticed familiar vines growing along a barely defined track. They were unmistakably descended from pips the bandits must have scattered as they fled with his daughter. The path led right to her. This wine is made in celebration of their reunion, from those grapes that lined the way.
  20. Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2015*

    Founded by brothers Peter and Mark Saturno, after they tired of city life in The Big Apple and decided to return home to their homeland of Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. Whilst we are happy that they were able to retreat from the frenetic pace of New York, we’re also very pleased that they started making wine in this idyllic spot.

    Macclesfield is a tad warmer than the rest of the cool climate region of Adelaide, and this means that the Saturno brothers are able to produce wines with great depth and intensity, as well as the finesse and poise, like this rich, raspberry and game-flavoured belter. A rather nice homecoming, we say.
  21. Longview Yakka Shiraz Australian Wine

    Longview 'Yakka' Shiraz 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    ***Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    This wine takes its name not from the Aussie slang for hard work, although judging by its magnificently rich, sturdy and swarthy character, you’d wager they had put a lot of work into it. Nope, this wine takes its name from the striking Australian grass shrub, pictured on the label, which also reveals the producer’s love for their homeland and this, too, shines through in this terroir-driven wine, whose dense, ripe black cherry and white pepper flavours show off the warmth of the Macclesfield micro-climate.
  22. Longview Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon

    Longview Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Bolt the doors and check under the stairs, for we have a spine-chilling tale to tell about the Devil's Elbow. Naaaat. This wine is only named after a hairy bit of road near the Longview Estate, not after the Dark Lord himself!

    But dark and powerful this wine certainly is... aged for 20 months in French oak and made from grapes solely grown on the estate, which has a slightly warmer microclimate that suits Cabernet Sauvignon, this has beautiful blackcurrant, clove, mint and toast characters. You might want to bolt the door just to keep it to yourself, TBH.
  23. Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz South African Wine

    Lothian Vineyards 'Horny Owl' Shiraz 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    We are quite sure that there is a more profound meaning attached to this South African Shiraz, but we're just going to admit that we are finding it hard not to let our inner teenager snigger at the name.

    Pathetic and immature, yes, BUT, remember, this is Oddbins and we are allowed to be ridiculous. Mm kay? Just don't bring this wine to the first meeting with your super conservative in-laws to be, like someone did, ahem.

    Idiocy aside, the tantalizing aromas of dark brooding fruits and spice-laden goodness should leave you in a tip top mood. It might even put you in another kind of mood altogether...
  24. Luzon Crianza Seleccion Red Wine Spain

    Luzón Crianza Selección 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    They say whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger and, for Jumilla, which was one of the last wine regions to be affected by the phylloxera bug that wiped out vineyards across Europe, that is certainly the case. After getting hit in 1989, it picked itself up, planted a heap of the native Monastrell grape and went on to become a modern, exciting region.

    Bodegas Luzón, founded in 2000, is one such winery and their Crianza is an intense (owing primarily to the low yields) wine with balsamic, rosemary and liquorice hints. Pair with a goat stew and you'll feel like you've got a second wind, too.
  25. Man O' War

    Man O' War Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland, has some of New Zealand’s most northerly wineries. You’d think that would make it a tad too tropical for Bordeaux-inspired winemaking, being flanked by the Southern Ocean, the South Pacific and the Tasmanian Sea, it is breezy to say the least.

    In the case of this Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which is vinified in 25 separate batches under the expert watch of winemaker Duncan McTavish, this unique climate has resulted in a beautiful wine with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis, with hints of coffee, liquorice, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. McManis Zinfandel Red Wine America

    McManis Zinfandel 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    According to 2Pac and Dr Dre, California knows how to party. It's not surprising, if you're gonna have a party you're gonna need some wine and they produce a lot. If California were a country, it would be the world's fourth largest wine producer.

    Don't think that all Zinfandel is pink and sweet, real red Zinfandel is powerful and jammy with refreshing acidity, just like this one. Each mouthful is an elegant fruit bowl of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon and blackberries laced with vanilla, caramel and hazelnuts. A bottle of California love.
  29. Miles Mossop Saskia

    Miles Mossop 'Saskia' 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This is the quintessentially artisanal produced wine, following the philosophy of winemaker Miles Mossop, of hand crafted wines with as little interference as possible, showing a purity of expression.

    We wonder if he feels the same way about raising his children, who all his wines are named after! This ode to his daughter is full of honeysuckle, white peach, lime and toasted almonds with a fairly full palate and lengthy finish. I hope Kika and Max (the other two wines) have been raised as well as Saskia!
  30. One 1 Ribera del Duero Reserva Spanish Red

    One 1 Ribera del Duero Reserva 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    One can at once see why this one is called One. The definitive article. That's to say, the benchmark to which many other Spanish reds might be looking. This Ribera del Duero is deliciously full-bodied with great length and truly lovely oak character. If you have not yet visited the spectacular wines from this new darling of the Spanish regions, there's no better place to start. This one. The One. One 1 Ribera...
  31. Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2013

    Now £11.00

    Was £12.25

    £11.00

    This wine takes its name from a curious custom in the Maipo Andes, in which new brides must go to the river, catch a fish and whisper "Wakey Wakey", before letting it go about its day.

    But this doesn't tell you much about the wine, so we'll help out: it has ripe red fruits, black pepper and vanilla flavours, underpinned by fresh aromas of tarragon and laurel. We don't know about fish, but we do know about red wine. This is one that's guaranteed to wake up your taste buds.
  32. Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Like Romeo and Juliet or Antony and Cleopatra, Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani and lamb ragu were born to be with each other. Yes, they are delicious on their own: the San Luigi's criminally pure morello cherry, raspberry and cocoa-y flavours are a sheer joy any time but, pair it with some very slowly stewed lamb ragu, with fresh thyme, rosemary and black olives, ideally made by an Italian Mama, and the pair are exalted into a love story so beautiful that it could have been penned by The Bard himself.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. Prince Stirbey Negru de Dragasani

    Prince Stirbey Negru de Dragasani 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    This wine is made by the family-owned Prince Stirbey winery, whose predecessors (i.e. the Prince) used to make wine in a palace in Bucharest, from the 17th century onwards, that was served in restaurants including that on the Orient Express. Stirbey was appropriated by the communist party in 1949 and then returned to the family over 50 years later in 2001.

    That (wipes brow) is the first part of this wine's story. The second part is that a previous vintage of Negru de Dragasani was chosen from a blind line-up by Steve Saunders, the winner of The Palate 2014 as the wine that he wanted Oddbins to stock. This is what the affable Bristolian had to say about his (fantastic) choice:
    "One taste of this and you'll know Romanian wine is firmly back on the map. Full of rich blackberry and cherry fruit with fine tannins and a wonderfully smooth finish that goes on and on. Like reclining on a bed of silk pillows while angels dance on your tongue, this is a truly sumptuous drop."
    With the same dense cherry and berry flavours and velvety tannins, this vintage is just as great! Treat yourself to this bottle of luxury and be a Prince (or Princess) for a day whenever you like.
  38. Pulenta Estate Malbec 2014

    Pulenta Estate Malbec 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Complex, elegant and aged in french oak, sounds great right? We think so, and to top it off it has deep intense flavours of dark cherry, blackberry and plum, a combination destined for a delightful experience thats for sure.
  39. Radford Dale Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Like the addition of Peter 'Swingometer' Snow to the Beeb's election night results, Black Rock is guaranteed to make even the most memorable of nights even more memorable, with added colours, fun and general swing to proceedings.

    We're just trying to visualise what a Swingometer graphic for Black Rock would look like... we're imagining it would be fabulously purple, with blueberry-coloured bar charts adorned with sprigs of lavender and dried chilli bouquets, on a background of a mountain stream bed. Probably.
  40. Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Shiraz

    Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Shiraz 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    Only a fifth of the wineries in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2012 were awarded five stars. Last year, James employed a novel judging criteria, in which he made producers perform “I’m a little tea pot”, deducting points and taking pot shots at them with a Black Widow slingshot if the performance displeased him. Robert Oatley is said to have given an Oscar-worthy rendition. We think his winery deserved its five stars even without the singing and dancing. This Shiraz is proof.
  41. Salice Salentino Borgo dei Trulli 2013

    Salice Salentino Borgo dei Trulli 2013

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Salice Salentino is perfect with hard cheese. What kind of hard cheese? The hard rock kind of cheese of course. In the shower singing to Final Countdown by Europe. Jumping into a time machine to see a live gig of White Snake at the height of their plectrum powers. Or running around the block with Eye of The Tiger providing your very own exercise montage. Phew...after all that it must be time for a glass of this Salice Salento. Intense, elegant, earthy aromas of blackcurrants, candy coloured guitars, white pepper and spices. The palate is full-bodied, with wide shoulder pads, velvety and rich, with soft focus tannins and a long and persistent spandex finish. WE BUILT THIS CITY ON A CHEESY ROLL!
  42. Scala Dei Garnatxa 2015

    Scala Dei Garnatxa 2016

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Scala Dei is less of a wine and more of a mystical treasure out of Indiana Jones. Scala Dei ('Ladder to God') was the Priorat monastery where, in the 12th century, the newly established order of Carthusian Monks first planted vines.

    After eight centuries of lying fallow, Priorat was revived by some winemaking visionaries in the 1990s who recognised the potential of the steep terraces and licorella soil, which lends Priorat wines their famously mineral undertones.

    The low yielding vines of this small (60ha) site produce a limited number of boutique wines with exceptional complexity and fruit expression, which marries beautifully with the classic mineral streak.
  43. Secret de Viu Manent Malbec Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder Chile too are turning their hand to this, the Argie-wonder grape; not that they need to prove much when it comes to winemaking.

    This Secret (or locally, Secreto) is Malbec very much as you picture it: Full and juicy, smooth and satisfying, and with the guaranteed trademark long, long length. Wine this good won't be much of a Secret for long.
  44. Secret de Viu Manent Viognier Chilean Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Viognier 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With an already winning reputation for super-reliable reds, it's often forgotten just how good Chilean whites are now becoming. And Viognier is a good choice for the Chileanification treatment as, in a similar way to the reds, you get ripeness that is never at odds to overall balance. And in fact this is one of the more thoughtful, restrained Viogniers on the market. Viognier of this sort will make a very versatile night in standby and food all-rounder. This is full bodied with notable floral and mineral notes and a lovely mouth-watering finish.
  45. Vallegarcia 'Miriade' Viognier 2016 Spanish White Wine

    Vallegarcia 'Miriade' Viognier 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Nothing could be more exhilarating than galloping along astride his beloved horse 'Miriade'. Or so Garcia thought. Until one day, cantering through the hillside scrub, a most extraordinary perfume enveloped him. Honeysuckle, blossom, exotic fruits... Only a princess could smell so alluring.

    In a trance, he followed the scent to a thicket of thorns and forced his way through. There, beyond the spiky wall, was a vineyard, dripping with grapes and lavish with scent. And then he heard a voice. A beautiful maiden, trapped since childhood. Rescued from the thorns by the astonishing fragrance. This wine celebrates their marriage, but beware. It's unlikely anyone will rescue you from its spell.
  46. Vega Sicilia Alion 2012

    Vega Sicilia Alion 2013

    £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!
  47. Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

    Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    Like an alpine orchid, this is a rare beauty from a vertiginous landscape, whose high altitude home and seemingly adverse conditions are the very thing that make it so beautiful, as the plant strives to survive and thrive.

    Ee bah gum we’ve gone a bit Davey Attenborough haven’t we! What do we do? Oh yes, sell wine.

    Ahem, well: this one has the signature cool-climate Syrah traits of black pepper, violets and tart red raspberry and blueberry overtones. A serious mountaineer.
  48. Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay Chilean White Wine

    Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay 2015

    £11.75

    £11.75

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    What a difference a subtle misspelling can make. Falaris is probably the best value Chardonnay we’ve ever tasted, the kind that scares the bejesus out of Burgundy. Phalaris was a Sicilian tyrant who allegedly ate babies and roasted people alive inside a bronze bull statue.

    So,be careful. Because that error on your shopping list could take your dinner party down a very different route. We recommend going with the “F” spelling, which will give you a wonderfully crisp cool-climate Chardonnay packed with lemon, tangerine, almond, cream and salty mineral flavours.

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