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  1. Wageck Riesling 'Green Label' 2016 German White Wine

    Weingut Wageck Fundament 'Green Label' Riesling 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    They say opposites attract. And attraction is the basis of love. The fundament, you could say. It's perhaps fitting then that Frau Wageck was so different from her husband. He was thickset and hirsute; she was all angles. Knobbly knees and cheekbones you could serve cheesecake with. However, she was incredibly goofy.

    She was so goofy, in fact, that her teeth didn't meet and she found eating increasingly difficult. Dentistry in Pfalz not being very advanced, Frau Wageck turned to the winery. Could they help? Of course! They made a Riesling as structured as she was, with the same up front fruitiness. But they underpinned all that with zippiness that soon had her sucking her teeth back in! Problem solved.
  2. Wageck Fundament Spätburgunder 2013 German Red Wine

    Weingut Wageck Fundament Spätburgunder 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Herr Wageck was one of the more notable residents of Pfalz. A lovely man. But with the heaviest, thickest eyebrows ever. So heavy, in fact, they began to weigh down his forehead, until they literally drooped over his eyes. This was no good! Wageck couldn't see his beloved, stick-thin wife.

    His neighbours set to solving the problem. Barbers failed. Gardeners failed. Lumberjacks gave up. No matter how often the bushy protuberances were cut, they simply grew back thicker. In the end, Wageck turned to the winery to see if they could help. They fashioned a Pinot Noir as pleasant and rounded as him, of such surprising persistence just one sip had him raising his eyebrows! Problem solved.
  3. Weingut Wageck Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Weingut Wageck Sauvignon Blanc Tertiar 2016

    Now £12.15

    Was £13.50

    £12.15

    German Sauvignon? How does that work? Well, it starts off in your vineyard, going for the purest fruit. Then they pick it by hand, and sort the best of it by hand as well. No, a different hand, you muppet! Then they're allowed to stand for a day - the grapes, not the hands.

    Are you listening to me? - before fermenting some of them in stainless steel and some of them in oak. They filter it but they don't fine it, so it's all right for vegans. Lovely herby aromas, bit of flintiness in there, fresh firm palate with a touch of green apple, Bob's your uncle! Lovely with a bit of chicken in tarragon. Wossat? Insensitive? Me??
  4. Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2015

    £8.00

    £8.00

    This generous unwooded Chenin is born from two 30-year old goblets in the Swartland . The unirrigated bushvines grow in Malmesbury shale soils. These vineyards consistently produce superior quality grapes at a low yield of just seven tons per hectare.

    The Wild Olive Chenin Blanc offers a refined well balanced wine with touches of peach, gooseberry and apple. It provides a long finish with elegance to boot.
  5. Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014

    £15.50

    £15.50

    It all started when Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks were given a "secret mission" by the British government to seek out the "great Southern continent". They took on this "mission" and stumbled upon a wild rock formation, bountiful with birdlife, plants and rich soils blessed by the sun and rivulets of water. Absolute ideal winemaking conditions some might say.

    Hang on...so, the British government send these chaps across the world on ostensibly, a "scientific expedition" and they just so happened to stumble upon a land perfect for winemaking? Pah! They knew what they were doing.

    They knew that this "discovery" would one day equip the world with a dark red wine with a vibrant nose of cassis, violets, boysenberry and the finest toasted oak. They knew that a richness of fruit would emerge on first taste followed by a beautifully integrated oak and fine dusty tannin creating a long and delicious finish.

    I bet they also want us to think that a "boysenberry" is a real fruit...
  6. Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2014

    £18.00

    £18.00

    New Zealand; of course, first discovered by fine English gentlemen Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks. Corrr that's a long flight ay? What, must be 26 hours if you get lucky with the stop overs? Bet they could've murdered a glass of Pinot. Unfortunately, on arrival they did not find Pinot Noir. Other than of course finding a snot nosed Frodo Baggins announcing; "you're late." To which they replied "an Englishmen is never late, he arrives precisely when he means to!" They also found a bountiful land of birdlife and plants, thus the Wild Rock label pays homage to Cook & Banks' botanical chronicling.
  7. William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Winemakers go a long way to make sure their grapes are taken care of. But William Cole goes an extra step. Casablancan locals thought 'Bill' had gone mad when they woke one morning to the sound of his rich tenor voice resounding through the foggy valley.

    Turns out he wasn't mad after all. Bill was singing to reassure his grapes, so they weren't made all anxious by the thick fogs that come in off the sea most evenings. Knowing their faithful winemaker was there to look after them meant the grapes could relax in the sea mist without being scared, and let the cool, refreshing 'Albamar' enhance their beautifully crisp, appley acidity.
  8. William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    £9.50

    £9.50

    While he does have a great singing voice, 'Bill' Cole perhaps doesn't have the best of memories. Waking to his rich tenor, sounding through the morning fog, locals have come to know which vines the winemaker is serenading by the tune he's singing.

    When they hear the dulcet strains of "Oh, my darling, oh my darling..." they know it's the Pinot Noir, and they're certain the silky, complex nuances of Bill's voice find their way into the grapes. They just don't have the heart to tell him it's Clementine, not Columbine...
  9. Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla NV

    Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla Sherry NV

    £5.50

    £5.50

    ***2013 IWC Gold, 2013 IWC Trophy, 2013 IWSC Silver, 2013 Decanter Bronze***
    Paola Medina Sheldon. The name might not sit at the front of your mind, although we're not sure if she's ever surfaced from her studies long enough to introduce herself.

    She's the Head Winemaker at Williams and Humbert, a post she took up after obtaining separate degrees in Chemistry and Oenology, and Masters' degrees in Viticulture, Oenology and Legislation. Blimey, our Woodwork 'O' Level certificate can come off the wall now!

    We think she's just about qualified to make this elegant, nutty and salt-tinged Manzanilla. And she'd more than likely be able to take you to the cleaners if you disagreed.
  10. Winter Is Coming - Mixed Case of 6 Wines

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    Winter Is Coming - Mixed Case of 6 Wines

    As low as: £75.25

    '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…
  11. Wittman 100 Hills Pinot Blanc

    Wittman 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    'Tis an admirable, and difficult thing, we think, to make a poised, distinctive and balanced Pinot Blanc, but that is what Philipp Wittmann, of Westhofen in southwest Germany, has done. It is a grape that is notably lacking in acidity and needs its gentle nutty and orchard fruit flavours patiently coaxed out. But then Mr Wittmann does have 350 years of family history making wines in Westhofen's fertile hills on his side. Still, pretty impressive all the same.
  12. World's End Against the Wind 2010

    World's End Against the Wind 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Jonathan Maltus has his feet in two camps: one at Château Teyssier, where he found fame as an avant-garde, 'garragiste' winemaker, and one in the Napa Valley, where he makes the stonking World' End wines, which have a discernible French lilt, like Little Sister. This Cabernet Franc has gorgeously rounded corners, and has oceans of sweet raspberry, coffee and mocha flavours and a structure to put the Golden Gate Bridge to shame. Californian heaven.
  13. World's End Little Sister 2010

    World's End Little Sister 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    If Jonathan Maltus made Merlot, it would probably be the best Merlot in the world. Oh, wait, he does... and some people might think it is.

    Made in some of the best vineyards in California, by Mr Maltus, who is hailed as a 'visionary' by critic Robert Parker, it is a fleshy, luscious Merlot, with nuanced plum, damson and black cherry fruit and an interesting green olive twist.

    Put it this way: if you put us in a room with a bottle of this and a slab of decent mature cheddar, you wouldn't see us for a long, long time...
  14. Xerolithia White 2014 Greece White Wine

    Xerolithia White 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Based in a region with a strong winemaking history, and recently overhauled by a company that is investing time, love and money into it, the Mediterra Winery is fighting fit and making some cracking wines from indigenous grape varieties. Made from the rarely-seen Vilana grape, this white is super crispy clean and exhibits a host of tropical and citrus fruits. Its exuberant summery fruitiness is ideal for beach barbecues. Try with BBQd red snapper.
  15. 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.
  16. Zensa Fiano 2013 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    In another life, we would quite like to have been an 18th century Italian fisherman, sailing the coast of Sicily for bass, mullet and squid. You wouldn't have to bother with spreadsheets and flow charts and blinking computer screens then... *lobs laptop out of the window*

    But this is the 21st century and the closest we can get to that dream in Blighty is to take a bottle of the mango, peach and sage-scented organic beauty that is Zensa Fiano to the Isle of White and sit on the beach with some fish and chips. Which is nearly as good.
  17. Zensa Nero d'Avola 2013 Red Wine

    Zensa Nero d'Avola 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Zensa is the pronunciation of the Italian word 'senza', meaning 'without'. In this case it is to underline that this wine is made 'senza' chemical pesticides and fertilisers, using only what Mother Nature provides. It's a charming way of saying it's organic basically.

    But the name also highlights Orion's commitment to - and understanding of - the landscapes they work in. This wine encompasses all that is lovely about Sicilian Nero d'Avola, with baked, spicy black cherry fruit and layers of chocolate and vanilla. Once you've tried it, you'll never want to be senza Zensa...
  18. Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014 White Wine

    Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Right, we've had it! We're tired of listening to the same old excuse as to why you're not sure about buying Alsace. Apparently you think their labels are 'a bit old fashioned'... well. Let us tell you something! You shallow, shallow people. They do it on purpose! They don't want anyone else to drink their wine. Why would they? Wines this good are few and far between.

    Take this Riesling for example. The label might be a hurdle, but the wine's an athlete in its class. Beautifully weighted, superbly balanced, pacy, elegant. And what's more it's got a body that will age beautifully for another twenty years or so. Don't let them keep it to themselves!

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