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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. Dalrymple Pinot Noir Red Wine

    Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    This wine is produced from the pinot noir grape, giving its deep garnet colour. On the nose it has lifted ripe black plum aroma, hints of wild blackberry and raspberry beneath highlights of fine spices derived from the gentle grained French oak.

    On the palate immediate appeal with sweetness of ripe fruits, fine fruit tannins that balance the oak to provide structure right through to the smooth lingering finish.

  3. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Given the poise of this unctuous, zesty dessert wine we'll forgive you for pronouncing it's name wrong. Admit it. You read it as "no bell won" didn't you? And a noble one it is indeed. However, the correct pronunciation is 'knobbly one' in reference to the shape of the grapes used to make this beauty.

    You see, the grapes stay on the vine as the season lingers, waiting for the right conditions. The right conditions being the wrong conditions, usually. Wet and warm, and perfect for fungus. Normally, you wouldn't want that. But this Botrytis fungus desiccates the grapes, concentrates the sugars, and leaves a high acidity. Turns them into knobbly little buttons full of butterscotch and quince, glacé pineapple, and citrus marmalade flavours! The grapes might be ugly, but looks aren't everything. This is one of the most awarded wines in history. Maybe we should start pronouncing it 'no bell won'.

  4. Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM

    Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM 2014

    £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.

  5. First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon White Wine

    First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon 2014

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Hunter Valley in New South Wales might not be the first place you'd think of if you wanted to plant a vineyard, even though it is Australia's oldest wine region. The weather's all wrong, the summer sky is frequently covered by cloud and it gets most of its yearly rainfall in three months of unrelieved sogginess. But there's no truth, however, in the rumour that it's been twinned with St. Helens.

    First Creek Semillon is a wonderful expression of a classic Hunter Valley grape, light and imbued with citrus and orange blossom, but developing weight and softness over five years bottle ageing. But let's not wait, eh, it's fairing up a bit, we should enjoy it while we can!

  6. First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz Red Wine

    First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014

    Now £14.00

    Was £16.50

    £14.00

    "Own label wine brands." Words which, rightly or wrongly, send a shiver down many a spine. A phrase which sounds like a four-word Gothic novel, but really it depends on whose own label it is. Mickey Tipton's Fowl Emporium may arouse suspicion, for instance, as might King-size Tony's Sweetbread Parlour.

    But in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the First Creek Winery was making wine under contract for local growers. And they were so good at it that in 2008 they started a range of their own, including this gorgeously satisfying, concentrated, medium-bodied Shiraz, and within a very short time it was winning all manner of awards.

    Mickey Tipton's Château Gazunder, alas, couldn't get a Food Hygiene Certificate.

  7. Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013 Australian Red Wine

    Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013

    £67.00

    £67.00

    Amon-Ra: Powerful, compelling, almighty and worshiped in his home country and numerous places the world over.

    Now to play a guessing game, were we referring to the Egyptian 'King of Gods' or Ben Glaetzer's succulent red wine? (Hint: it was both!)

    With supremely rich aromas and flavours of dark stone fruits, hints of coffee, blackberries and a touch of cracked pepper, this dark purple Shiraz truly lives up to its name. The wines brooding complexity and multi-layered structure is simply captivating in an elegant drink that's fit for a Deity.

  8. Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz

    Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2013

    £22.00

    £22.00

    According to winemaker Ben Glaetzer, in films, the 'director's cut' is regarded as the definitive version, subject to no compromises. Although some critics say it represents an exercise in self-indulgence, frankly, we don't really give a damn... What is fine wine, after all but an extremely enjoyable indulgence? So if winemakers as talented as Glaetzer and his co-Directors want to make no compromise in presenting us with this definitive version of a really very fine Aussie shiraz, you won't find us complaining...

  9. Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz 10

    Jim Barry Mcrae Wood Shiraz 2012

    £34.00

    £34.00

    An opaque wine made from the popular Shiraz varietal of Australia. Rich with aromas of fresh red fruits, plums and a hint of liquorice on the nose before a well structured palate of red and black berries, topped with a touch of oak. Concentrated yet balanced.

  10. 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.

  11. Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Now £10.75

    Was £12.00

    £10.75

    ***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.

  12. Longview The Whippet Sauvignon Blanc Australian Wine

    Longview 'The Whippet' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £12.50

    Was £13.50

    £12.50

    ***Commended at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    Well. When we got into the business of selling wine, little did we imagine that we would become the go-to business for Whippet lovers nationwide. But, for obvious reasons, Longview winery’s Whippet Sauvignon Blanc has gone down a storm with the canine-loving community.

    Thankfully, it happens to be a cracking little wine too. Racier than a Whippet in a field of sheep, it is bursting with gooseberry, asparagus and nettle flavours.

  13. Longview Yakka Shiraz Australian Wine

    Longview 'Yakka' Shiraz 2015

    £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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Pinot Pinot - Pinot Noir 2016

    Pinot Pinot - Pinot Noir 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    To be or Pinot to be, that is the question. Poor old Hamlet just couldn't decide what to put on the table for his annual 'Safety First Near Suspicious Looking Lakes' convention. To make matters worse, Claudius and the other members had asked for Chianti or Bordeaux. Luckily his wing man Fortinbras recommended that this amazingly silky red would indeed be an excellent choice with the lamb tagine and saved the day. In fact, it was so popular there'll pinot left for later...

  21. Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Chardonnay 2015

    Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Chardonnay 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    ***Commended at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014***

    Benevolent King Bob led Australian troops (i.e. Chardonnay) to a glorious victory in the 1970s and planted the big, oaky flag squarely on the wine drinking world. But in 2006, at the grand old age of 80, he appeared to soften in his old age and is now making more restrained, European-influenced wines, but still with the firm stamp of his homeland. Long may he reign, we say!

  22. Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Pinot Noir

    Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Pinot Noir 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    History is scattered with memorable "Larrys": there's Lawrence of Arabia, DH Lawrence, Laurence Olivier, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and then there's Larry Cherubino, chief winemaker at Robert Oatley Vineyards. His ability to coax out the most fresh, delicate, wild strawberry and cocoa-y elements of the tricky Pinot Noir grape is enough to cement his place in the Larry Hall of Fame. We salute you, Larry!

  23. 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.

  24. Rogers & Rufus Rosé Wine

    Rogers & Rufus Rosé 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    There is a remarkable amount of stereotypes that grow up like weeds around what we drink. Rosé suffers from labels like 'summery' or 'girlie' and crap like that. A wine like this one deserves to stand free of such boring and dated imagery. Can't a wine stand on its own two flavoursome feet? This rosé doesn't wear high heels, it's got a pair of trainers on. The kind you wear on your day off when all the work is done and it's time for a glass of something crisp and refreshing!

  25. Salena Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 White Wine

    Salena Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £7.75

    £7.75

    In Greek, 'Salena' means 'Moon'. In Latin, 'Salt.' Two things of pure whiteness. One, ethereal, mysterious and fascinating. The other, of the earth. How could you choose between the two, if you were asked to pick?

    Such was the dilemma at the winery: Semillon or Sauvignon? But rather than choose, they decided on an alchemy. To a base of moon-like Semillon, with its compelling mutability, they blended a little Sauvignon. Just like salt, enhancing complexity, bringing out flavour, and allegedly good for cramp. The result: a wine of crystalline minerality, ephemeral poise, and mysterious draw. That might be good for cramp.

  26. Salena Estate Shiraz Cabernet Red Wine

    Salena Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Ever dreamt of being at a random party and you meet a giant blueberry? Me neither, but if we did (we're pretending we are in the same dream now) Mr Blue Berry would be very smartly dressed, really friendly and would have excellent taste in wine.

    He gives you a glass and you're amazed by it's intense fruity character. Not to mention he picked up it for only £7.75. Hey wait he's gone....but he left the bottle for us to finish off. What a legend!

  27. Salena Overland Petit Verdot Red Wine

    Salena Overland Petit Verdot 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    A cracking Australian red that's somewhat of a trampoline (or sling shot?)! Firstly, get ready to be plunged into layers of velvety forest fruit & black cherries. Then bounce back into fresh bracing acidity, tart violets and spices. A brilliant red wine. Just mind where you aim that thing ok?

  28. Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache Red Wine

    Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Hey, where d'you think you're going? Why not stick around a while? Yeah, I know, there are only two of us here, just me and my right hand man and some pumps and fermenters and whatever, and OK, the place is kinda small, but hey, just have a glass of this wine. Yeah, that's right, it's nice.

    In fact I'd say it was kinda velvety, ripe red fruit, a lot goin' on, mmm...y'know why? It's because those old vines out there have stuck around as well, and the older the vine, the more complex the wine. Usually. Those vines were pretty old when I pitched up here in 1984. What's that? Another glass? Now you're seein' sense...

  29. Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £14.00

    £14.00

    You are what you eat, so the saying goes. And this is manifestly true in Stanton and Killeen's achingly delicious Rutherglen Muscat.

    What does the wine 'eat'? It eats up the hot Australian sun, the time-honoured techniques maintained by this family-run winery and it gobbles up the love they put into it. The result? A raisin-rich, nutty, orange blossom and lavender-flavoured amber nectar.

  30. Yalumba 'The Caley' 2012

    Yalumba 'The Caley' 2012

    £225.00

    £225.00

    Is it a Kookaburra? Is it a boomerang? No, it’s Aussie Superman! Here to save you from venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, boxing kangaroos and whatever other unforgiving wild life is perpetually trying to make you give up on your dream of going outside.

    Okay it’s not a man, there is a new super-wine to come out of Australia though! In July of 2017 Yalumba, the oldest family-owned winery in Australia, launched ‘The Caley.’ Named for Fred Caley Smith, famed horticulturalist and grandson of Yalumba’s founder, ‘The Caley’ is the pinnacle of Barossa winemaking. Grapes are selected from the Yalumba’s 3 best vineyards around Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley, the wine has dominating flavours of black and red currants, savoury herbs and pipe tobacco, all presented with a silken grace. It won’t protect you from an 8-inch Huntsman but it will save you from the bland and the boring!

  31. Yalumba The Scribbler 2012

    Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012

    £16.00

    £16.00

    This rich, energetic red testifies to just how smart the Yalumba crew are at making wine. But describing those wines is quite another skill. They were stumped when it came to labels. Until one morning they found handwritten notes pinned to the barrels, with beautiful descriptions of the wines inside.

    Extraordinary! The notes were spot on, and lyrical too. Only when their astonishment wore off did they realise the notes were written with Cabernet Sauvignon! The Scribbler had been filling his fountain pen from a particularly good barrel. A small price for such poetry. And to acknowledge the anonymous scribe, they bottle that barrel under his winery nickname now, every year.

  32. Yalumba Signature Shiraz Cabernet Red Wine

    Yalumba 'The Signature' Cabernet Shiraz 2013

    £37.00

    £37.00

    The basic story of all Mad Max films is about a guy who's wine collection goes missing and as a result, he burns down half the countryside looking for it. Charging through the desert in his Ford Falcon 'Pursuit Special', Max tries to figure out which bandit is hiding in his lair, sipping his beautiful red 'The Signature', and relishing its bold dark fruit and mocha laden flavours. When Max catches up with him he's gonna get MAD.

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