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  1. Aguila Syrah Spanish Red Wine 2012

    Aguila Red 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Historically, Spain wasn't always the go-to country for affordable, fresh, good value wines, being hitherto known, on the whole, for more oaky styles but, for the past few years, it's made everyday wines something of an art form.
    Grown at high altitude in the DO of Cariñena, the Syrah grapes give rise to a clean, vibrant wine with intense aromas of dark cherry, violets and freshly-made jam.
    In vinous terms, Spain has traded sandals for Nike Airs; swapped Neil Diamond for Lily Allen; dispatched the Coronation Chicken in favour of beetroot foam; call it what you like, it changed, and we like it.
  2. Aguila Macabeo 2012 White Wine Spain

    Aguila White 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    If Aguila White Wine was a person, it'd have to be the Prince of Cool, Will Smith. Whether he's keeping it fresh in Bel Air or regulating extra-terrestrial life of earth, this dude is chilled, but wacky, with a dry wit that cheers you up no end, which pretty much sums up this modern, fresh, fruity but dry Macabeo, we thinks.
    Altogether now, "In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days, chillin' out max and relaxin', all cool and all shootin' some b-ball outside the school..."
  3. Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012

    £26.00

    £26.00

    And very saintly it is too! It is incredibly approachable, with a natural grace that seems to shine down from above. A seriously appealing streak of elderberry and citrus peel notes on a mineral background bring it back down to earth, however, which is handy, as you'll need it down here if you're going to serve it with a creamy chicken and tarragon pie.

    Full-bodied with discreet oak adding warmth and creamy notes, this wine's supple, fleshy texture reminds you that, while saintly, it is definitely of this world.
  4. Ayres de Escal Priorat

    Ayres de Escal Priorat 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    Way back when in 1194, a group of very clever monks decided to plant some Vitis Vinifera vines on the vertiginously steep slopes of Priorat. This was a great idea because the loose, granite-like 'llicorella' soil there is chuffing marvellous for Garnacha and Carignan. Fast forward 800 years to the 1990s and, after a long fallow period, a group of spunky young winemakers had the equally good idea of resurrecting the region's wine industry. They're making seriously good wine again, like this well-structured, raspberry jam-flavoured beauty. The monks would be proud.
  5. Cannonball Chardonnay

    Cannonball Chardonnay 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Cannonball - a winery of high repute, making delicious, finely crafted wines - write of this 2014 Chardonnay that it "offers a sophisticated nose of lemon custard", which paints a rather silly picture.

    If anyone would like to send us their depiction of what "a sophisticated nose of lemon custard" looks like, we'd be most interested.

    Anyhoo, back to the wine. It's gorgeous. It balances zesty Granny apple and peaches with a vanilla pod creaminess, with a hint of buttery short crust pastry. Yowzer.
  6. Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £23.00

    £23.00

    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 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.
  8. Chateau Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    Château Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    £21.00

    £21.00

    The property of Château Méaume has been a historically significant building in France for many Centuries. It was, in fact, the country residence of Louis XIV's bodyguard; the Chevalier de la Croix Maron. His acclaims are vast; starting this fine winery, inventing double distillation to produce Cognac and of course being the inspiration for the hit 90s film, 'The Bodyguard'. Whitney Houston was evoked, to be involved in the project, after hearing how Louis XIV's bodyguard carried him 2 and a half miles out of a riot, at Oasis' set at Knebworth. The film was a tremendous success but not as much as the wine, a rich Merlot dominant blend that will surely save you from enthusiastically aggressive republicans.
  9. 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.
  10. Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon American Wine

    Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    £38.00

    £38.00

    If you want a proper pork pie, you get it from Melton Mowbray. If you want a handmade alpaca-wool scarf, you get it from Peru. If you want a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, you go the Médoc in Bordeaux, Coonawarra in Australia or Rutherford Bench in the Napa Valley. OK there are many other places too, but these names stand as benchmarks of quality. Frog's Leap's founder John Williams wanted a piece of the Rutherford pie and, following a decade-long pursuit, by Jove he got it. Now that he has it, he is seriously making the most out of it. Topped up with Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this Cabernet Sauvignon has the gorgeous 'Rutherford Rust' minerality, earthy warmth and intensity that make this region's wines so desirable.
  11. Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Magnum

    Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Magnum

    £74.00

    £74.00

    One small leap for a frog. One quantum leap for winekind!' uttered Veal Winestrong as he sipped red wine made from vineyards in Rutherford. This area is one of the best places in California's Napa valley for making Cabernet Sauvignon. As velvety and satisfying as Cabernets from Coonawarra. Rivaling the finesse and quality of the left bank reds of Bordeaux. All fastened into in a magnum ready for take off- no need to radio Ground Control for a second bottle.
  12. Gaja Dagromis Barolo Red Wine

    Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2012

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue: "Do you know where the wild roses grow, so sweet, scarlet and free?" Well, Angelo Gaja the winemaker seems to have the answer. Just open this bottle, pour a glass and let it breathe for a while.

    Then just enjoy the nose of mixed aromatic herbs & spices underlining the delicate notes of rose, leading to aromas of anise and wild fennel. Drink it with roast beef and it will offer some very generous flavours of berries and a savoury feeling too.

    This is one of the most popular wines from the Piedmont region, don't miss it!
  13. 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.
  14. Jim Barry PB Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

    Jim Barry PB Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Now £34.20

    Was £38.00

    £34.20

    Whether it's shaving off a few seconds at the finish line in a three-legged race at your offspring's sports day or an all-night Breaking Bad marathon, we all aim to excel in beating our own Personal Best.

    Peter Barry however, wasn't even competing when he created his own Personal Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz, but his friends and family loved it so much that they urged him to create more, thus creating his own PB trademark wine.

    Bold, bulky and bursting with vibrant fruits of black cherry and plum, we can only thank his family for offering such sage advice.
  15. 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.
  16. Musica en el Camino Rioja 2011

    Musica en el Camino Rioja 2012

    £10.50

    £10.50

    OK so we can't provide the keys to a brand new Chevrolet El Camino and tell you it's sitting out in your drive, waiting to be taken for a spin by yours truly, but we can provide a gorgeous bottle of red, which shares the same name. But this is no time to feel disappointed, dear customer, for we believe the decadent richness, plush velvety finish and vibrant red flavours will give you a ride that is equally as smooth and far less cheaper to run. See, aren't you glad we chose the wine instead!
  17. One 1 Ribera del Duero Reserva Spanish Red

    One 1 Ribera del Duero Reserva 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    One can at once see why this one is called One. The definitive article. That's to say, the benchmark to which many other Spanish reds might be looking. This Ribera del Duero is deliciously full-bodied with great length and truly lovely oak character. If you have not yet visited the spectacular wines from this new darling of the Spanish regions, there's no better place to start. This one. The One. One 1 Ribera...
  18. Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2012

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Like Romeo and Juliet or Antony and Cleopatra, Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani and lamb ragu were born to be with each other. Yes, they are delicious on their own: the San Luigi's criminally pure morello cherry, raspberry and cocoa-y flavours are a sheer joy any time but, pair it with some very slowly stewed lamb ragu, with fresh thyme, rosemary and black olives, ideally made by an Italian Mama, and the pair are exalted into a love story so beautiful that it could have been penned by The Bard himself.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2012 Red Wine

    Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2012

    £11.75

    £11.75

    If you love cracking value Rhône reds and you know it, clap your hands! *Clap clap*. "Yes," we hear you bellow, "we do!" Well we are not joshing with you when we say that this is, indeed, that very thing.

    Wine that is swarthy, hot, rich with spices and dark chocolate and apt to make you clap your hands, regardless of whether or not you are singing children's songs. Which you really shouldn't be, given you are over 18. Really.
  22. Vidal-Fleury Cairanne 2012

    Vidal-Fleury Cairanne 2012

    £13.50

    £13.50

    ***Silver at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014***

    Open up any book about the red wines of France and before long you'll be sure to see the name of this highly reputed Rhône house mentioned. Based in Northern Rhône they've been in the business for ages and are to be counted only with the greats. This is their Cairanne, which in itself is another great name to be trusted for its big, solid and robust yet classy red style, and that's just what we have here. It’s one of the most reliable Rhone villages and definitely one to explore if you haven’t yet done so.

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