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  1. 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'.
  2. Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves 2015 White Wine

    Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Nobody thought Pierre could actually tell which grapes had gone into any given wine just by using his nose. But that is what he boasted. Down to the very vine the grapes that made it came from.

    To throw him off the scent, sceptical colleagues mixed together crisp, grassy Sauvignon and citrussy Semillon and presented Pierre with two buckets, challenging him to tell them which was which. After a few sniffs, Pierre looked at them contemptuously and said with a Gallic shrug: 'Ha! You crossed the buckets!' They drank the mixture anyway. The blend was so delicious they continue to make it today, using only Pierre's nose to finalise the exact percentage of each batch.
  3. 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!
  4. Marvelous Yellow 2016 White Wine

    Marvelous Yellow 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    Like most complex characters, Adam Mason had many sides. On the one hand he was determined to make untrammelled varietal wine. On the other, he delighted in the concert of flavours, the jazz that blending could bring about.

    Having mastered the art of restraint with his Yardstick range, Adam wanted to let loose. A smile replaced his concentrated frown, and he went into the vineyards singing, picking a mélange of French white grapes with the pizzaz of a band leader cueing in musicians. You'll be helpless against the result! Chalky bass notes, trills of lychee, honeysuckle and papaya... Anyone fancy a dance?
  5. Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 South African White Wine

    Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A white that caused great excitement last time we had it in stock; this is the Sauvignon Blanc made by Mulderbosch, one of the most respected wineries of South Africa. In fact it's been said by some to be the very best of white producers in South Africa full stop! A Sauvignon with great presence, fruit and balance this has steadily become a mainstay of our South African range. Dry with a fruity start but a clean, fresh finish.

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