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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. Larry Cherubino 'Stones Throw' White Wine

    Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Stones Throw' White Blend 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    If the tiles fall correctly in a game of Scrabble, the word "Gewurztraminer" will earn you 729 points. If you run "Riesling" off the end of it, you will get a lower score but a handy 50 bonus points for using all your letters. Larry Cherubino, a man also worth a few points, has an even more winning way of putting the two together, by blending them into a refreshingly heady, exotically spicy and rose petal-tinged bottle of loveliness, that would be the perfect foil for a mild curry and a Turkish delight dessert. Or you could ditch the Scrabble and drink it while watching Countdown and waiting for a rude word to crop up!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - 375ml

    De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - 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'.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz Red Wine

    First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    "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.
  10. 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.
  11. Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz

    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    This wine was so named because it can only move diagonally. We therefore recommend that when setting the table, the wine be placed in the centre with diners arranged obliquely to it. Which should also maintain the harmony, because this is a quite remarkable drop from the Aussie master Ben Glaetzer. Intense, complex and with impressive cellaring potential this red is always in severe demand. Our bestseller for the Aussie crowd when sending special gifts to their nearest and dearest in the UK, this Bishop has the stamp of approval of a whole nation.
  12. 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...
  13. Innocent Bystander Chardonnay Australia White Wine

    Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2014

    £15.50

    £15.50

    'Make great wine for drinking and enjoying, not for crowing over,' is the ethos of Steve Flamsteed, winemaker at Innocent Bystander. They might want to share this with Ken Flimflam at Nuisance wines, whose motto 'wine for crowing over!' isn't working...

    'Forest floor notes, my eye!' mithers Ken as he takes another swig of Pinot Ordinaire from his tankard.

    'Actually Ken I've got a distinct whiff of sewage farm', claims winemaker Derek Dastardly.

    'I'll phenolic you, yer leather-tongued philistine', roars Ken, heaving himself over the table for a scrap...

    Oh dear. Perhaps a night at Innocent Bystander's celebrated winery and restaurant would show Ken the light. Then he, too, would make glorious wines like this peachy, zesty and beautifully expressive Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Longview The Whippet Sauvignon Blanc Australian Wine

    Longview 'The Whippet' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    ***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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling Australia White Wine

    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The Eden Valley is one of those rare places in the world that has nigh on perfect conditions for growing the delicate, choosy Riesling grape. It has it all: altitude (the Pewsey Vale vineyard is 500 metres above sea level), undulating hills and sandy loam soils with some clay sub-soils.

    This might not sound jaw-droppingly exciting but it's pretty much paradise on earth for Riesling and means that winemaker Louisa Rose can access the grape's intense crushed stone and lemon/lime fruit flavours, with hints of dried rosemary.
  26. 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...
  27. 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!
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. Rogers & Rufus Rosé Wine

    Rogers & Rufus Rosé 2016

    Now £11.25

    Was £12.50

    £11.25

    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!
  31. Salena Organic Cabernet Sauvignon

    Salena Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The Brits call em Wellingtons. The Aussies call em gumboots. Either way this wine wears a big pair of these at all times. Even in the bath. Big bold blackcurrants walk right up and boot in your front door...in an over enthusiastic wine descriptive kinda way though, not in a scary door thumping kinda way.

    But there is a gentle side with a subtle, waxy eucalyptus note on the finish. Could there be a little essential oil in that bath Mr Cabernet?
  32. 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?
  33. 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.
  34. The Barry Brothers Red Australian Wine

    The Barry Brothers Red 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This red isn't like every other Tom, Dick and Harry. However, it has been passed down from Jim to Peter and Tom Barry. The Barry family has been making wine in the lovely, cool climes of South Australia's Clare Valley for many a moon and they have maintained Jim passion for innovation and his exacting standards.

    This blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon was made with the family's values in mind; it is bold, contemporary and full of bitter dark chocolate and blueberry notes. Thank you, fellas; may your family's wines always live on.
  35. Winter Is Coming - Mixed Case of 6 Wines

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    'Winter is coming' - or so they keep saying! Why not take off the Stark chill by gathering your friends for a feast and cracking open this delightful case of reds. Just make sure you have enough seats for everyone or you might have a fight on your hands…
  36. 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.
  37. Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier White Wine Australia

    Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    We'd like to know who the clever chap or chappess was who took a cutting in 1980 of Rhone-native Viognier - an all but extinct grape variety back then - took it Down Under and planted it in the cool slopes of the Eden Valley.

    If we saw them now, we'd doff our caps, because Viognier does extraordinarily well here, producing wines like this apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil-tinted apricot bomb and we like them very much indeed.

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