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  1. Palacios 'Camins Del Prioriat' 2015 (Red Wine)

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Camins Del Priorat' 2015

    £20.50

    £20.50

    Full bodied, earthy, and deep purple in colour. Not the most attractive man in the world, it's fair to say. But Alvaro was an incurable romantic. And he was in love with the beautiful daughter of a goat baron. Aware his looks were unlikely to draw the maiden's eye, Alvaro instead dedicated a week of nights to building the now famous 'walk', or 'Camins' as it in in Spanish, through the vineyards of Priorat.

    The next time Anna-Maria passed through the vineyards, on her way to milk Daddy's goats, she was overwhelmed by the most extraordinary scent. Spice, black pepper, cherry, bramble. Intoxicating. As if she'd been touched by a prince. To the end of her days - her eyes being closed in reverie at the perfume - she never did know who rushed from the vines and planted a kiss on her lips

  2. 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.

  3. Carta Vieja Merlot Red Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Merlot 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another major minor-miracle in the Oddbins wine range and a regular member of our bestsellers list, this is a red that keeps the customer in search of good valued wine very satisfied indeed. Minor, because of its diminutive price tag but very major when it comes to what you get for your money.

    This Chilean red's distinction is its refinement and understatement. A kind of light, softness with a freshness and vitality that easily puts it next to baby Clarets for class, balance and great food-friendliness.

  4. Celler San Rafel 'Joana' Montsant 2016 Spanish Red Wine

    Cellers Sant Rafel 'Joana' Montsant 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Being a winemaker is a lonely business. Tending vines, maintaining equipment, managing the cellar. With little time for socialising, finding a partner can be complicated. At least, that's how one particular winemaker justified his preference for using personals ads. But often the partner ended up being complicated too. He wished people could be straightforward and approachable, like wine, but nevertheless, he persevered.

    He had almost given up looking for someone, when late one evening - after a rather heavy tasting session - he managed to mix his notes up. He sent his tasting notes to the local personals column, and his 'Seeking' advert to the wine label printers. "Frank, tasty, cheeky, well balanced, delicate and very pleasant", Joana was the perfect match. It's best left unsaid what got printed on the label...

  5. Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013 Red Wine

    Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Like the teacher at school who really understood how to get the best out of you, this Bordeaux is both serious and stimulating and, underneath it all, is a bit of a softy.

    Unusually for a left bank Bordeaux, this red wine is Merlot heavy - 60% to be exact. That Merlot helps to soften the tannins and gives this deep Bordeaux a delicate, silky texture that secures your attention, whilst it educates you as to all the charms of a decent Claret. An edifying tipple.

  6. Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £30.00

    £30.00

    The marvellous thing about good Saint-Estèphe is the flood of minerality that can streak through it and the ample black fruit character that balances it out. Well, this wine doesn't have any of that... Only joking (we're funny aren't we!) Don't worry, the 2008 Château Capbern Gasqueton has all that in bucket loads and, what's more, it won't attempt Dad-humour... *hangs head in shame*. This is a classy Saint-Estèphe from a Château that has stayed in the family from 10 generations no less and, in that time, they've seriously honed the art of winemaking.

  7. Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château Carignan Cadillac 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they seem elegant, carefully presented. Some even say a little stuffy. But, what counts is what's under the hood.

    Smooth and sleek on the outside, this intense blend has the structure and verve of a V8 engine. Not surprising, perhaps, given the vines are supplied with totally organic fertiliser from a herd of Limousine*. That's two classic cars in one wine.

    *Limousine cows. But for the purposes of the joke... I mean description.

  8. Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    Château Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    £130.00

    £130.00

    Baron Phillippe De Rothschild is not just a name on a fancy Bordeaux bottle. Along with his global success as a wine producer, he was also a Grand Prix racing car driver, writer, art patron, film producer, sailor, and poet. But what the world really remembers is his wine making innovations and his relentless pursuit of excellence. Realising Chateau Clerc Milon's quality and enormous potential he purchased this vineyard in 1970. Thus today we are treated to one of his legacies - Clerc Milon's stunning red wine. The 2010 is a full-bodied and forthright wine. Ripe red fruits, orange and chocolate notes. Framed in velvety tannins and a long finish. Rothschild was a man of many talents, but one of his best was his recognition of talent. Such as this outstanding Chateau.

  9. Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc Red Wine

    Château de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    The head Abbot of Haut-Médoc was utterly fed up. The vow of silence and bowl hair cuts was getting very tedious. He had a field festooned with fat cows and multiple mushrooms in the meadows . He really wanted a decent glass of red with his meat, so the Abbey gave up the altar decor helpline service (the vow of silence wasn't working with that anyway), and decided to make this red wine. Intense blueberries, plum and oak aromas and a palate of boasting power and finesse. After the vintage, the Abbot happily sat down for a meal and contemplated the moral of this story - 'Don't get whiney, make wine!'.

  10. Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac Red Wine

    Château de Ricaud Cadillac 2012

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Cadillac luxury car became so popular in America that the term 'The Cadillac of...' meant the best thing in that category. In 1980, Alain Thiénot bought a bottle of Château de Ricaud Cadillac in a posh restaurant in Paris. He must have been tempted to exclaim with a snigger 'This is the Cadillac of all red wines!', but instead he was so flabbergasted by the complex bouquet of strawberry, cherry and liqourice, he bought the estate! Thiénot went on to make this winery a Côtes de Bordeaux benchmark producer. True story.

  11. Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Believe it or not, this Chateau was once owned by Benedictine monks. Shocking we know, it's almost as if not owning possessions and having no women in their lives opened up a bunch of alcohol making time. Thank goodness for those robe wearing gents, where would the wine world be without them? What, you reckon the Jedis would've stepped up and developed cane pruning? Don't make us laugh! Wines like Chateau Faizeau, with its deep intensity of black fruit flavours, are rooted in the Benedictine order and we're super grateful.

  12. Château Gloria Saint Julien

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2012

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Balanced. Firm. Smoky. Heady. Herby. Fruit-forward. Subtle. These are just words. Or are they? What is a word? Can a word ever sum up the life and soul and art of the winemaking process? With a wine like Château Gloria, words feel hollow. So we ask you, look not at the word, but through the word. Be at one with this wine. Relax. Light some candles. Now you are ready.

  13. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2014

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    This wine is a serendipitous find for Oddbins and a lovely drop it is too. It is the sister wine to Château Guilhem Cuvée Prestige Rouge, which was suggested to us via The Listing (where you can recommend wines for us to stock that you have discovered on holiday). Where the Prestige Rouge is full-on and chocolatey, the rosé is a delicate flower, with aromas of rose hip, wild strawberries and white peaches. Made entirely organically, this is an all-natural discovery. Happy days.

  14. Château Haut Courneau Graves Red Wine France

    Château Haut Courneau Graves 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With a beautiful garnet robe and appealing aromatic aromas, it follows up on the palate expressive red fruits (strawberry and blackcurrant), delivered in an elegant and round attack. The wine is well-balanced with unctuous, with silky tannins.

  15. Chateau Jalousie 2015

    Château Jalousie 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Château Jalousie have just gone straight to the to the top of our popularity list for lightening up our day with the following food matching advice for their delightful half wine bottle of Claret: "Something juicy and relatively dead would be best." It's good to see there are some funny glands that are alive and kicking in Bordeaux. Just sayin'.

  16. Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Château La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Now £52.00

    Was £55.00

    £52.00

    This red wine has the musician Tom Waits written all over it. Apparently, some of his instruments enjoy a nice claret (See above to the musical choice bit) so a magnum size would be perfect. This is a brooding Bordeaux drenched in black currant, blueberry flavours, fine-grained tannins and a brush of tobacco. Intense, expressive and offset by a gentle elegance- just like Mr. Wait's words. This wine's grapes are grown in the gravelly soils of Pessac-Léognan. Otherwise knowns as 'Graves'. Which again suits Tom's deep, gritty sonorous voice... or sometimes his song's subject matter. If Wait's isn't present to entertain, we'd recommend sampling this red, listening to Rain Dogs or Bone Machine and getting creatively cognitive with friends (trying hard not to use the word 'arty').

  17. Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    £26.00

    £26.00

    What does this lovely Bordeaux and the brilliant electronic artist Aphex Twin have in common? They both use Rollands to produce their work. Aphex Twin uses a Roland keyboard and the Chateau is assisted by the Rolland laboratory...Now, this may be a tenuous link and the spelling not all there, but it's an excuse to crack open a bottle of this red and enjoy Aphex Twin's long awaited album 'Syro'! Harmonious blackcurrant, cherry and herbal notes, in tune with chocolate and oaky rhythms.

  18. Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before a long satisfying finish.

  19. Château Le Virou Carmel d'Aiguevives Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye 2012

    Château Le Virou Carmel d'Aiguevives Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    We say the following with the utmost affection for Château le Virou, as they are clearly very capable winemakers and have certainly charmed us with this silky, blackcurrant and dark chocolate-fruited cracker... but it nearly broke us trying to work out what they were talking about when describing the Château's history.

    In their words (via that most devious of translators, Google), they say: "On the road which curves of Blaye with Saint Savin, halfway between these two cities, a severe wall does not fail to intrigue the walker, seeming to dissimulate some mysterious residence to him." Exactly.

  20. Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Oh spare us the "better when it was rough-and-ready" nostalgia. We remember city centres where, once upon a time, it was frankly dangerous to go out if you were a bit of a misfit. At one time, even the south-west of Bordeaux used to have stretches of mean and derelict vineland that might, if they liked the look of you, let you have a tiny amount of rough white wine.

    So hats off to the Cardarelli family for their huge and continuing investment in bringing 280 hectares of such land into the 21st century and spinning straw into gold. Now you're more than welcome to enjoy their invitingly accessible fruit-packed red wines, even if you're a punk rocker!

  21. Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Chateau Citran say of their old and noble house "as soon as you pass the porch, you can feel calm and harmony all over. Everything is gentleness, culture and refinement. This is the message the peacocks seem to give us while frolicking in the park of the Château..." It certainly does sound peaceful, except for the peacocks, they're so big for their boots; peacocks, they do have the propensity to put you on edge. What do they want with all their tail-feathers? At least the wine will ease the nerves; voluptuous aromas of blackcurrant, mint and cigar box are sure to inspire calm, even if you are in a garden of squawking peacocks.

  22. Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2008 - Magnum Red Wine

    Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2012 - Magnum

    Now £24.00

    Was £26.50

    £24.00

    This is one for Tony. No not Tony Montana. Nooo, not Tony Benn. Tony Robinson! Time Team Tony! Yes this one hails from a property that is strewn with the ruins of the Château that gave its name to the estate and we get the feeling that our Tony would just LOVE a rummage in the grounds. And when he and his mate with the ginger hair (and the quite frankly brilliant accent) grew tired, they would enjoy a drop of this accessible, full style of Bordeaux, no doubt. With its impressive fruit it's immediately pleasing but it brings the complexity and nuance you'd expect to go hand in hand with an eventful and lengthy pedigree.

  23. Chateau Peyrabon Haut-Medoc Red Wine

    Château Peyrabon Haut-Medoc 2002

    £18.50

    £18.50

    A bit like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during his WWE days - a big, round and powerful palate with plenty of grip. But you won't need to wrestle with this classic red from the Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. It has delicate raspberry, subtle oak and possesses some bottle maturity, which has toned down the fruit and retained the muscle. A rock steady Cabernet Merlot blend that'll take hold and won't let you go until you call out for mummy. Sorry about that Dwayne...

  24. Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    £25.00

    £25.00

    From the sunny southern slopes of St. Emilion Grand Cru, how appetisingly alliterative. Grown in a coveted part of Bordeaux, it may feel like that would be reason enough to buy a St. Emilion Grand Cru for less than a month's rent. Well, this astonishing wine also has the advantage of being from 2009; the King of 21st Century Bordeaux vintages. Perhaps that's premature given it's only 2017, nonetheless this is a truly fantastic right-bank Bordeaux with outstanding concentration, giving succulent flavours of ripe red plum, blackberry, cigar box and prune. One at a time please.

  25. Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

    Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Don't just reserve your decanter for special occasions; nearly all wines will benefit from the special treatment. However, if decanters just aren't your thing, then pour the entire contents of this bottle into an airy jug and back into the bottle again before serving.

    This is a complex wine of great depth for the price, and this small touch will release the beautiful array of tantalizing aromas. Dark, medium-bodied, round and seductively fruity, this gets better with every breath.

  26. Chateau Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion Red Wine France

    Château Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Have you seen the film Searching for Sugarman? If not, then we recommend you do; it's a masterpiece, but it means this tasting note won't make much sense. If you have seen it, then Château Teyssier from Montagne-Saint-Émilion is the Rodriguez of wine: sweetly melodious and timelessly classic with a compelling history and an enthralling finish. Like Rodriguez, who managed to pass most of the world by despite his brilliant, Montagne Saint-Emilion is somewhat overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Saint-Emilion, but we think it's about time for its big-screen debut.

  27. Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    We reckon this wine ticks what we consider to be two pretty major boxes: Firstly, it's tasty: it speaks eloquently of the Puisseguin Saint-Émilion terroir and is supple, well-structured, with impressive length and surprising fruitiness.

    Secondly it's cracking value: at £13.00 it is a come-hither Claret that won't break the bank. You could plonk this on any dinner table, happy in the knowledge that they'll love it and you're not skint.

  28. Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssier in the 1990s, introduced new techniques, bought up new land and started producing stonking wine, the 'garagiste' way. This term refers to those making the bigger, bolder styles of Claret that emerged in that period, embraced by critics like Robert Parker. This Grand Cru is true to that style and is showing fine damson, plum, meaty and earthy flavours that should develop well with a few more years.

  29. Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian style. This slightly more buxom red is moreishly drinkable, soft and lip-smackingly ripe. The palate is still classic though - with dark cherry and plum. This really is the wine to match with your takeaway pizza and a good classic gangster movie.

  30. Couleur De Rouge Red Wine

    Couleur De Rouge 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Claudia Serra is a specialist in the Languedoc region and produces some exceptional wines at Vignerons. All of the fruity wines produced are fresh and balanced while not to excessive in alcohol.

    The Couleur De Rouge is garnet red in colour with hints of blue. It offers a fresh and clean palate, with touches of red fruits and spice. On the finish it has fresh and mellow tannins.

  31. Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit when decanted.

    This is the kind of wine your parents used to let you have a sip of at Christmas - austere but profound and full of the forbidden promise of adulthood. Open at a triumphant celebration of victory, or at the weekend.

    Medium-bodied, deeply complex, supple and rounded with a confident touch of wood on the finish.

  32. Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There were so many pirates at one point in the seas around the Cape that the nearby land became infested with escaped parrots. These parrots had a penchant for ripe, fruity grapes; and given the seasonal glut, they soon learned to bury their food for the harder months to come. The holes Klaas had half-dug, unsuccessful in his search to uncover Captain Cork's legendary horde, proved the perfect hiding place!

    But parrots, of course, are famously forgetful. It was only a matter of time before those buried grapes burst into vine. When Klaas returned to the Province to resume his search, the place was laden with ruby jewels! He just needed to harvest these riches to have his spade work pay off.

  33. 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.

  34. Footprint Merlot 2016 Red Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's not the most conventional way of employing an expert winemaker, but when Naas used his glue-filled boot to catch the thieving little elf responsible for stealing grapes, it was the beginning of a beautiful new relationship.

    When the elf was forced to share the wine he'd made from the contraband grapes, his otherworldly talent was impossible to ignore. Rather than punish the little guy, the winemaking team encouraged him to join them. The elf agreed on one condition: he got to crush the grapes by bouncing on them standing in Naas's shoe. Genius. The gentlest crushing, releasing magical flavours of plum and mulberry, and just a hint of spice*

    *Which absolutely has nothing to do with the musky aroma of Naas's footwear, we're certain.

  35. La Girouette Merlot Languedoc Red Wine

    La Girouette Merlot 2015

    £7.75

    £7.75

    The La Girouette Merlot is a well balanced, smooth red wine from the E.I Wines selection. It has notes of soft and jammy blackberry and juicy plum, alongside creamy tannins. An excellent companion to a hearty casserole.

  36. Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge Red Wine

    Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Marianne le Pétale was, without question, the most beautiful girl in La Vicomté. There was no doubt. Once she turned twenty she would be Flower Queen. Everyone agreed. It would be a travesty were she not. There was just one problem. Marianne had terrible Hay Fever*. And being Flower Queen meant being garlanded with blooms.

    Happily, a group of quick-thinking vignerons suggested a solution. Rather than gathering blossoms to celebrate Marian's investiture, they fashioned a wine. A wine bursting with fragrance, shimmering with deep berry colours and the violet tints of Marianne's eyes. A wine as vibrant and exuberant as the flowers that would otherwise have been presented. "Our bouquet", they commented, and winked, as the beautiful Marianne donned her crown.

    *That's why she was sometimes a bit sniffy.

  37. Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016 Chilean Red Wine

    Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Remember in the 90s when people would talk about Chilean Merlot, "Chilean Merlot it's so expressive, it's like nothing I've ever drunk before!" Then some clever clogs did some gene splicing or... carbon dating or... vino ultrasound? Don't get bogged down in the science, they found out what a lot of people thought was Merlot was actually, Carmenere. Great, hooray for Carmenere, but what about poor old Merlot. It's still got so much to give! We can't sit by while Merlot, in the prime of life, is shipped off to a Chilean nursing home. Thankfully, Vinedos Puertas have put good old Merlot back to work in Chile and I promise you, this time it's not actually Carmenere in a Halloween costume... probably.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Marvelous Blue 2015 Red Wine

    Marvelous Blue 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A saxophone in a lonely back street. An early morning trumpet fanfare. A piano tinkling in a shadowy bar. There's something pure in those sounds. Unapologetic. But music is about connection. Bringing things together. While they might be able to hold their own, there's always the sense an instrument playing alone is calling out for friends.

    And so! Grapes. Brilliant stand alone performers, unashamed. But now and again, don't you feel, they just want to join the band? If it wasn't what they wanted, it's unlikely this reunion of classic Bordeaux varieties would hit such high notes. Blueberry, cassis, tobacco, cedar. Ah one, two, ah one two three four...

  41. Message in a Bottle Red Wine By Sting

    Message in a Bottle 2013

    £16.00

    £16.00

    A wine made in Tuscany that comes from the estate owned by musician sting and producer Trudie Styler.

    The nose displays aromas of cherries, wild blackberries and spices.The palate has a richness of fruit but one that is balanced both by careful use of oak and a refreshing acidity.

    Cherrywood, tea leaves and bramble fruits can all be found on the palate. Supple fine grained tannins provide a lovely structure to this long and satisfying wine.

  42. Miles Mossup 'Max'

    Miles Mossop 'Max' Bordeaux Blend 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    You know how Bordeaux is a bit tweed jacket, red trousers, brogues and hunting? Maybe that's a little unfair, but it's certainly on the stuffier side. Well what would happen if you moved it to South Africa, gave it a dose of proper sunshine, maybe taught it to surf and then changed its name to something edgy like Max? That would be pretty cool wouldn't it? Well that's exactly what Miles Mossop, the winemaker from Tokara, has done. This is a stunning wine, with flavours of dark cherries, charcuterie and Christmas cake, and great value. Such great value, in fact, we think they may have relaxed a little too much.

  43. Noctua Ensamblaje 2014 Red Wine

    Noctua Ensamblaje 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Some years ago, little could be seen of the Quinta de Aves vineyards. The vines were hidden under tumbling weeds. Abandoned by man, it was perfect for the rare night birds that inhabited the hills. The prolific vines produced more grapes than the birds could eat. So, as was their habit, they stowed them away for winter.

    And thus, one afternoon, a young winemaker was stopped in his tracks by an intoxicating scent of plum and figs. Savouring the alluring hint of vanilla, he followed his nose to an ancient old tree. The birds had stowed their crop in a hole in the trunk. But, facing the sun as the hole did, the fruit had started to ferment. Alberto couldn't resist. The liquid was out of this world. He just needed to bottle the stuff.

  44. Ormadei Assemblage 2015

    Ormadei Assemblage 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    If grapes were the Royal Family of Argentina, then no doubt the bold, brambly Malbec would be the hirsute, jolly King. But, much like the British Royals, this family has stars that are also very popular with the people (ahem, Harry and Kate), including Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, which are more usually found in Bordeaux.

    Just like Old King Malbec, which also started off in Bordeaux, they are thriving in Argentina's Uco Valley. This example is an affordable twist on this Bordeaux blend, with a voluptuous texture, dark forest fruits and sweet baking spice.

  45. Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015 South Africa Red Wine

    Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Some people feel power from bending others to their will. Not Gus. For Gus, it's all about empowering individuals to express themselves on their own terms, and on terms that bring the best from others. It's little wonder, then, that he brings this philosophy to his wines.

    It's not about forcing character from a variety, but suggesting a little direction now and then. And what better way to broaden the character than to interact? Let the supple humour of one soften the seriousness of another; one's firm determination support another's vibrancy. Altogether quite a team. And to ensure they really perform to their potential, only 3,000 bottles are made each year.

  46. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    £140.00

    £140.00

    Now we don't want to start a bar room brawl and we are massive fans of French wine, but the British do love an underdog and the story of Ridge's Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon appeals to our sensibilities.

    The 1971 vintage was one of the Californian wines that beat its French opponents in 1976's Judgement of Paris blind tasting, which upset the apple cart somewhat over the Channel and cemented California's reputation for being world-class winemakers. The cool 2011 season turned out a pristine vintage of Monte Bello, made from Cabernet Sauvignon.

  47. Schauer Rosé Sudsteiermark 2016 Rosé Wine

    Schauer Rosé Sudsteiermark 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Stand on the steep slopes of the Schauer vineyards and absorb the view. Breathtaking. A landscape with edges like cut crystal. But imagine 300 million years ago. An Earth in turmoil. Rock and oceans, molten minerals. A world growing into the shape we know it, suffering the agonies of adolescence.

    Of course, it would only look chaotic if you sped up millions of decades to play out like a film. But then, try this wine and you won't really get a sense of the chaotic alchemy that went into its making either. Three varieties roiling, mixing, berry fruit and spice aroma. Take a sip. Sense the swirl of time.

  48. Tannu Rosso Di Sicilia IGT Italian Wine

    Tannu Rosso Di Sicilia 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This red is almost Tardis-like in its ability to transport its owner between worlds. Mercifully, unlike the Tardis, its layers of juicy black cherry, mocha and spice are highly unlikely to take you to a parallel universe with intergalactic aggressors but, instead, to the heavenly hills of Sicily, at an al fresco table with a view over the harbour.

    We say 'highly unlikely' but you never know. That's the risk you take with this wine.

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