Bonny Doon Contra 2011

£20.00

Oddbins, like many people, have a particular fondness for Randall Grahm. Our reasons are four-fold: 1) we like his name 2) we go way back, having collaborated with Randall and...

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Oddbins, like many people, have a particular fondness for Randall Grahm. Our reasons are four-fold: 1) we like his name 2) we go way back, having collaborated with Randall and artist par insanity Ralph Steadman on his ‘Cardinal Zin’ label 3) he is a trailblazing pioneer, earning the nickname the 'Rhône Ranger' for championing Rhône varietals in California’s Central Coast, which leads us nicely onto 4) he makes wines like this Carignan/Mourvèdre/Grenache/Zinfandel blend. Positively aquiver with vibrant black cherry and peppery spice, it has a streak of minerality and beautiful structure.

Based near Santa Cruz, California, the Bonny Doon vineyard was started by the innovative winemaker, Randall Grahm. Grahm was quickly nicknamed ‘The Rhone Ranger’, for his fondness for using Rhone varietals. A typically quirky Californian winery, they have also embraced some obscure Italian grape varieties, screwcaps and biodynamic production. Grahm also commissioned some whacky labels from artists such as Gary Taxali and Ralph Steadman.



Due to the Mediterranean climate in the Central Coast, Randall decided to create blended wines and so he planted Rhone varietals in Bonny Doon vineyards in 1981.

Bonny Doon vineyards use biodynamic methods of production and have been certified biodynamic since 2004. The farm works in tune with the astronomical calendar.



Contra is blended from grapes harvested from up to 100 year old, dry-farmed vines. The emphasis is on the terroir and expressing a unique sense of place; for this reason they use a hands-off approach to making this wine. The wine is fermented using indigenous yeast and undergoes extended maceration before blending. It is full-bodied with black cherry, cassis and blackberry flavours. Bright and young with distinct pepper spice, it is ideal to accompany barbecued meats.


UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

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Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
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Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
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Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
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Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

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Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.