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  1. Tydy Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

    Tydy Sauvignon Blanc 2016



    Winemaker Thierry Delaunay exemplifies the best of the new generation of French wine makers and, while appreciating the traditional nuances of terroir and climate, Thierry has enthusiastically embraced modern winemaking techniques and styles. In other words, it's right tidy. Tydy. In fact, if you were pressed into describing it in terms of home ware shops (this can happen), an accurate match would be Ikea. A slim little package that, when unpacked, creates a clean, refreshing ambience whatever the surroundings.

  2. Umani Ronchi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2015 Italian Red Wine

    Umani Ronchi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016



    Set against the picturesque Italian vineyards of Cupramontana, a powerful tale of age-old traditions and ancient lands emerges. Riddled with romance, scandal, betrayal, revenge, dynasties and lots and lots of... plums. Plums being our protagonist in what you'd be forgiven for thinking was the start of a good old Marian Keyes novel.

    Instead, this is the tale of Umani Ronchi, winemaking extraordinaire producing a medium bodied red wine, jam-packed guessed it, ripe plummy fruit flavours. There's nothing fictional about this wine. It's a fact that it's of excellent quality and it provides one hell of a happy ending.

  3. Verdicchio Classico Casal di Serra 2016 Italian White Wine

    Umani Ronchi Verdicchio Classico CaSal di Serra 2016

    Now £11.90

    Was £14.00


    The court at Cupramonta once employed a veritable troop of servants whose only job was to peel grapes for the indulgently demanding Contessa. And why not? It provided a wage to many a serf, and other than being slightly tiring for the fingers, wasn't really taxing.

    But things change, and sadly economic pressures forced the court to 'downsize'. The peelers had to go. The Contessa was furious, until one of the smart advisors persuaded her there was an even more effortless way to enjoy the peachy, appley loveliness of her favourite fruit. One that didn't even require her to chew. Just sip. The Contessa was delighted. She's even been known to open the bottle herself, sometimes.

  4. Valentini Monteregio Vivoli 2013

    Valentini Monteregio Vivoli 2013



    The Valentini winery is one of the oldest in all of Italy. Old enough to have hieroglyphs on their label. Let's just be clear the hieroglyphs are a stylistic choice, the winery does not predate written language... nor does it come from Egypt. Nope, this is a pictorial representation of Homer's epic "Odysseus." The moment Odysseus distracts an angry giant with some delicious wine, then stabs him in the eye with a wooden spear. A bit aggressive but the giant was trying to eat him. We're not sure what the hieroglyph for 'awesome' is but if we did, we'd whack it on the bottle!

  5. Vallegarcia 'Miriade' Viognier 2016 Spanish White Wine

    Vallegarcia 'Miriade' Viognier 2016

    Now £10.63

    Was £12.50


    Nothing could be more exhilarating than galloping along astride his beloved horse 'Miriade'. Or so Garcia thought. Until one day, cantering through the hillside scrub, a most extraordinary perfume enveloped him. Honeysuckle, blossom, exotic fruits... Only a princess could smell so alluring.

    In a trance, he followed the scent to a thicket of thorns and forced his way through. There, beyond the spiky wall, was a vineyard, dripping with grapes and lavish with scent. And then he heard a voice. A beautiful maiden, trapped since childhood. Rescued from the thorns by the astonishing fragrance. This wine celebrates their marriage, but beware. It's unlikely anyone will rescue you from its spell.

  6. Vallegarcia Viognier 2015 Spanish White Wine

    Vallegarcia Viognier 2015

    Now £17.60

    Was £22.00


    You would think growing up with no one to talk to would be lonely. But the lost princess knew no different. She'd been taken away so young she had no sense of the world beyond the thorns the witch had trapped her within. She had the birds, the creatures all to bring friendship as she grew.

    Perhaps it was because she was unspoilt that the grapes she tended grew so well. A pip, brought her by a little bird, was all she had to start. But she spent years joyfully tending the growing vines, the fragrance of which - of flower blossom, fruit baskets and honey wax - was spellbinding. Little wonder, really, that scent drew a man through the thicket to rescue her. You won't have to worry about thorns though. Just have a corkscrew to hand.

  7. Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2015



    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling their way towards you, because these are the only way to get across to you the sheer loveliness of this wine: soft, silky, slightly-sweet-seeming and sumptuous.

    This is about as round and as smooth a red as anything South America could ever send over, but with a subtle medium-bodied restraint that hallmarks this Latino lover as authentic Italiana.

  8. Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011



    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distracting. Its beauty makes you feel slightly light-headed and its perfection gives you butterflies.

    You will wonder what you did before it came along and worry a little about what you would do if it ever left. It is complicated (red berries, oak, coconut, coffee, vanilla and savoury notes) and when it's finished you'll be heartbroken... until another comes along!

  9. Viña Almeira 2016 - White Wine

    Viña Almeira Albariño 2016



    Though they be beautiful, Carlos could never look at the rivers of the Rias Biaxas without a heaviness entering his heart. For these rivers were the means of egress for thousands, leaving the poverty of their homeland in search of better fortune. Blown, like seeds, across the Atlantic.

    It was only recently, one summer morn, sun clipping the water's surface, that Carlos understood. They left poverty, but took richness. They carried the brightness of the region with them, as they spread across the globe like flavours opening over a palate. Taking a little of their place wherever they went. It is for these 'dispersed' this wine is made. A gift, like a basket of peaches, sweet pear and lemon.

  10. Vina Amezola Rioja Reserva 2010 Red Wine

    Viña Amézola Rioja Reserva 2010

    Now £17.10

    Was £19.00


    Rioja is the ultimate comfort wine. It's like raiding the kitchen before hitting the hay.

    The trempranillio grape gives generously ripe red fuits- strawberry and cherry flavours, like the guiltily secreted dessert found at the back of the fridge. Fragrant spicy notes smell of an old book and silky textured like well worn pyjamas.

    The wine's kept in an oak barrel endowing it with soft fluffy vanilla flavours. Like a massive pillow and duvet. Night night...

  11. Vina Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014 Red Wine

    Viña Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014



    There are time keepers everywhere. A loungeroom clock cloaked in it's dark wooden suit nods from the mantle piece. The much loved kitchen clock in sunny yellow plastic winks, as you dig through shopping bags. A favourite wrist watch sparkles as you check the time before sitting down at the dinner table. The crisp digits of the phone allude towards this bottle of red Rioja.

    This red's breathing is complete, time has released rich plum, cherry and vanillia aromas. Followed by ripe raspberry, red fruits, liquorice and spice on the palate. All the clock hands point to the hour for this wine.

  12. Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

    Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014



    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    Like an alpine orchid, this is a rare beauty from a vertiginous landscape, whose high altitude home and seemingly adverse conditions are the very thing that make it so beautiful, as the plant strives to survive and thrive.

    Ee bah gum we’ve gone a bit Davey Attenborough haven’t we! What do we do? Oh yes, sell wine.

    Ahem, well: this one has the signature cool-climate Syrah traits of black pepper, violets and tart red raspberry and blueberry overtones. A serious mountaineer.

  13. Viña Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas

    Viña Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas 2014



    New horizons are a wondrous thing, and the Leyda Valley is exactly that. A new valley opened up by winemakers with a touch of the prospector about them, taking risks in the hope that they might strike liquid gold!

    Well, if you have a glass or three of this, you will probably agree with us that there's gold in them thar hills and Vina Leyda are bottling it for your drinking pleasure!

  14. Viña Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    Viña Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    Now £7.50

    Was £10.00


    The Humboldt Current. What can you say? It's a Pacific Ocean current that runs along the coast of Chile that, being an upwelling current, pushes cold, nutrient-rich water from the bottom of the ocean to the top, resulting in the current's ecosystem being the most productive of its kind in the world!

    It accounts for 20% of the world's fish catches and, if that's not enough, then it brings cold, wet wind to coastal wine regions like the Leyda Valley. The resulting cool climate brings a longer ripening season, so greater quality and complexity.

    Good news indeed for this juicy, red-fruit-driven Pinot Noir, which ends up with perfectly-balanced tannin and acidity that fill the mouth with radiant succulence. Well done, Humboldt Current!

  15. Vicioso Malbec 2013 Argentina Red Wine

    Vicioso Malbec 2015



    Vicioso is an Argentinian dialect word which translates both to 'vicious' and 'party animal'. However, Vicioso Malbec is named in honour of the punk rock hero Siddhartha Vicioso, a party animal, a vicious political beast and a former member of Los Sexy Pistoleros. His band's biggest hit was a jolly cross number called 'God Shave The Queen', which topped the hit parade while causing the collapse of the monarchy.

    With its Queen-adorned currency now worthless, Siddhartha's country emerged as a moneyless anarchist collective where people live in mansions made of cake and ride to work on unicorns. They also drink this beautifully succulent and robust red wine, thick with cassis and leavened by a touch of lavender, while listening to Los Sexy Pistoleros only album, 'Never Mind The Cojones'.

  16. Vicioso Torrentes White Wine

    Vicioso Torrontes 2016



    The Vicioso Torrontes is bright and energetic in appearance, with intricate aromas of exotic fruits and a hint of jasmine flowers; zingy, crisp and deliciously refreshing on the palate.

  17. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Now £12.80

    Was £16.00


    This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.

    This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...

  18. Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2016



    You probably think you already know all about Marlborough Sauvignons; like a well-fitting pair of boots. They're comfy as hell! Who cares if the laces are frayed and the soles are coming away from the rest of the material; so it looks like the boots are having a conversation with each other while you're strolling to your local watering hole? "The usual, please bar-keep!" Think again! Grown in the exceptional Southern Clays region of Marlborough this wine is the Sauvignon Blanc equivalent of bejewelled brogues, even Cinderella will turn her head to see what you're wearing & more to the point, what you're drinking!

  19. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Red Wine

    Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2015



    Everyone has heard the story about the boy who cried wolf, right? Well, we don't blame the poor lad because after trying this German red wine we felt like shouting (Villa) Wolf from the rooftops too.

    We simply love this classic expression of a Pfalz Pinot Noir, which owes its gorgeous mineral traits to the ideal mountain and river setting. With soft red fruits on the surface, but with earthy tannins and a spicy bite underneath, this is definitely a wolf in sheep's clothing (see what we did there?)

  20. Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014



    If there is one time of year when anything goes, this is it. In fact it's almost as if pushing the rules is actually encouraged - hooray! When else is it okay to rock scandalous shreds of clothes, trowel on the black eye liner, throw the sugar quota out of the window and encourage e-number-fuelled youths to run around the streets and light rockets in the garden?

    If you'd rather celebrate your inner ghoul with a potent red wine, wrap your taste buds around this distinctively delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, which is oozing with layers of juicy blueberry, roast coffee beans and cigar box warmth.

  21. Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016

    Vinum Chenin Blanc 2016



    Why isn't Chenin Blanc as famous as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc? More versatile than a Swiss Army knife, it's used all over the world for sparkling, dry and sweet wines, it's happy being oaked or unoaked and when it comes to food there's very little you can't match it with.

    The honest truth is that Chenin Blanc isn't always treated with the respect it deserves. But if you put it in the hands of an extraordinary winemaker who lives and breathes Chenin Blanc, then you can hear it sing. May we present Vinum Chenin Blanc, what we call simply "The Future".

  22. Viré Clessé 'Les Fargettes' White Wine Burgundy France

    Viré Clessé 'Les Fargettes' 2015



    This little number will put a cheeky smile on your face or perhaps even a slight grin, but try not to let the wine dribble out of your mouth if you grin - it would spoil the debonair appearance of sipping on a Burgundy.

    Your eyebrows will lift up in delight as you nose the aromas of fresh citrus and pear drops and then you will no doubt thump your hand down on the table in total satisfaction as it goes on to reveal a warm richness, with gentle mild oak and creamy notes. Blimey it's like a Herbal Essences advert, but not in a shower.

  23. Viu Manent Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015 Chilean White Wine

    Viu Manent Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015

    Now £12.38

    Was £13.75


    Lady Chardonnay is the benevolent ruler of this kingdom. Whilst being one of the noble grape varieties of the world, she is also an approachable, diligent grape that'll grow in many different lands and conditions. Her Majesty provides bountiful fruit for the mineral-laden wines of Chablis to the ripe, rich wonders from California.

    One moment she joins the field workers and provides a cool drink dressed as a simple unadorned white. The next thing she appears in Viu Manet's stately form from in Colgagua, Chile. In this Grand Reserva incarnation, she embraces ripe white fleshed fruits and juicy citrus. Standing at the high table, alongside the finest dishes in the kingdom robed in french oak and silk. This Chardonnay is an aristocratic yet generous white wine.

  24. Weingut Gaul Dornfelder Spatburgunder Pfalz

    Weingut Gaul Dornfelder Pfalz 2015



    "The girls from Weingut Gaul, the sisters Karoline and Dorothee, have lived and breathed the family wine from youth to seniority. They took over the winery. encouraged by their elders to make Spätburgunder, Riesling, St. Laurent, even Dornfelder such as this one, ripe with cherries and with berries and quite savoury, with a lingering finish filling your entire mouth with flavour! We must doff our caps to wine that gives such sensory sonority, and the chiming vinous couplet of the Weingut Gaul sorority!

  25. Weingut Gaul Spatburgunder Pfalz

    Weingut Gaul Spatburgunder Pfalz 2015



    So, your family takes over a vineyard when you're a kid, you can't move for wine in your house, and your parents send you away first to work in vineyards and then to a special wine university. You'd be forgiven if your next steps were to ditch the family, move into a squat in Amsterdam and go on a journey of self-empowerment with money your dad had given you.

    Karoline and Dorothee Gaul had just that childhood, but they decided that winemaking was far better than squatting, and embarked upon a journey of vinous discovery with a winery their family had given them. And they make uniformly stunning wines, like this elegantly-structured, cherry and blackberry charmer. Power to the sisters!

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

    Weingut Wageck Fundament 'Green Label' Riesling 2016

    Now £8.93

    Was £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.

  27. Wageck Fundament Spätburgunder 2013 German Red Wine

    Weingut Wageck Fundament Spätburgunder 2013

    Now £10.40

    Was £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.

  28. Weingut Wageck Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Weingut Wageck Sauvignon Blanc Tertiar 2016

    Now £11.48

    Was £13.50


    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??

  29. Wild Olive Chenin Blanc South African White Wine

    Wild Olive Chenin Blanc 2015



    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.

  30. Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014

    Now £13.95

    Was £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, 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...

  31. Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Pinot Noir 2014



    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.

  32. William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011



    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...

  33. Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla NV

    Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla Sherry NV



    ***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.

  34. Wittman 100 Hills Pinot Blanc

    Wittman 100 Hills Pinot Blanc 2015

    Now £11.05

    Was £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.

  35. World's End Against the Wind 2010

    World's End Against the Wind 2010

    Now £41.65

    Was £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.

  36. World's End Little Sister 2010

    World's End Little Sister 2010

    Now £39.20

    Was £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...

  37. Xerolithia White 2014 Greece White Wine

    Xerolithia White 2016

    Now £9.35

    Was £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.

  38. Yalumba 'The Caley' 2012

    Yalumba 'The Caley' 2012

    Now £191.25

    Was £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!

  39. Yalumba The Scribbler 2012

    Yalumba 'The Scribbler' Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012



    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.

  40. Yardstick Chardonnay 2015 White Wine

    Yardstick Chardonnay 2015



    Yardstick has evolved in language slightly; in the good old days when a metre was just something Jazz musicians ignored, a yardstick was a physical object. Think of a ruler... just longer. These days however, sensible nations do seem set on the metric system (*cough* sorry America) meaning yardstick is a bit more of an abstract term, a standard to judge the success or value of something.

    That's why this wine is named so aptly; it demonstrates the evolution of South African Chardonnays, from over-oaked and over-ripe, to wines such as this, delicate with subtle use of oak giving the wine balance and finesse. If this is the yardstick were judging South African Chardonnays by there's no doubt this wine is in front of the rest.

  41. Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine

    Yardstick Pinot Noir 2015



    If there is one thing we love more than anachronistic units of measurement, here at Oddbins, it's a good origin story. In 2009, through a conversation with a friend, winemaker Adam Mason realised far too many South African Pinots were overripe, over-extracted and over-oaked, he concluded something had to be done. Focusing on high altitude sights and picking earlier Adam has maintained a wonderful freshness and purity of fruit in his Pinot. The wine has expressive notes of bramble and red cherries harmonising perfectly with savoury, earthy, minerally notes. Truly divine and we'd say a couple of furlongs ahead of the rest.

  42. Zensa Fiano 2013 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2016



    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.

  43. Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2014 white wine

    Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2015



    Like the other extraordinary Humbrechts, Gewurzt was born with bags of talent. He was, however, always a little 'different'. Not for him a life of discipline and striving. He wanted glamour. The lure of the exotic. And so, while Humbrechts Riesling and Pinot Gris honed their extraordinary skills as athletes, cousin Gewurzt ran off to the circus.

    And what an act! What a character! Blessed with his family's gymnastic skills, but throwing austerity to the wind, let Gewurztraminer entertain you with a high-wire act that will have you astonished. A sheer miracle of weight and balance.

  44. Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2014 White Wine

    Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2015



    If Riesling is the zippy athlete of Alsace, Pinot Gris is the gymnast. So supple, so beautifully rounded. Strong, yet expressively graceful. To perform at such levels takes years of dedication, not to mention being naturally biodynamic.

    Sit back then, and let yourself be astonished at the physical magic of this wine. Let the peach-fruit flavours tumble on your taste-buds, roll refreshingly around your palate and turn aromatic cartwheels on your tongue. It will mesmerise you, before drawing its performance to a finish with perfectly exquisite poise.

  45. Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014 White Wine

    Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014



    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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