La Vie en RoseRegular price £10.25
Proof that French Rose isn't all about Provence. This delight from the Languedoc is 100% Cinsault.
With just a faint blush of colour, a hint of red fruits and a fleeting brush of subtle, spicy wood, this is a supremely balanced, savoury foodfriendly wine.
Grapes: 100% Cinsault
Innovation is rare in the wine world, but the innovation of a new category, that of a yearround Rose drinking, is one of the few major changes of drinking habit that has occurred in the recent past. This is a style of wine that will help even the most hardened of sceptics see the wine through rose tinted spectacles!
Cotes du Rhone Rosé Les CerisiersRegular price £10.95
As close to a Provence rose as you can get. Just don't tell your guests...
A pale, sublime and very elegant Rose with a lovely soft texture; delicate,fresh, red fruit flavours combined with the aromatic herbs of the Southern Rhone.
Grapes: 75% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
The Great Pretender: If you are particularly taken with the ever popular Provence style of Rose (pale, delicate, red fruit and a herbaceous note) but don't fancy shelling out over £10 per bottle, then this is the Rose for you! Made from a similar blend, this is a superb style and excellent value.
The Chocolate Block 2019 BoekenhoutskloofRegular price £21.95
Iconic South African wine by South African Winemaker of the year 2020 Gottfried Mocke, one of the most innovative winemakers in South Africa. Tim Atkin has rated this vintage 92 points in his latest South African report The 2019 wine is bigger and better than ever!
The nose is dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume. The dark fruit character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex, juicy palate with gentle nuances of ripe plums, violets, black olives, cloves, and liquorice. The mid-palate is focused, lithe and elegant with very fine, cocoa powdery tannins. The wine is medium bodied, very balanced with an earthy, layered character, covering the entire spectrum of berry fruit - from tart red plums to rich blue and black berries. The finish is svelte, clean and dry, peppery and lingering, with hints of dried cranberry, tar, graphite and smoke.
Country: South Africa
Grapes: Syrah 71%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 9%; Cabernet Sauvignon 8%; Viognier 1%
Extreme Vineyards Bonfire Hill Red 2018Regular price £11.75
Extreme Vineyards Bonfire - sounds like the catchline to a terror movie..but don't worry, this wine is fantastic!
An intriguing, inviting blend of red summer fruits, spring fynbos flowers, Indian spice and just a hint of toasty oak on the nose. The palate is surprisingly decadent, rich, with almost creamy tannins. You’ll find raspberries, blackberries, ripe plum and a hint of pepper, spice and leather on the palate.
Country: South Africa
Region: Elgin, Swartland, Overberg
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Pinotage, Touriga National
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rosé OrganicRegular price £19.95
A serious Rose with a strong personality.
Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealing lemon & herb nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs & rich, rounded fruit. Very much a food wine with a powerful character & a delicious dry finish.
Grapes: 65% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault
Domaine Lafran Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10 ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate nestles in and is protected by the hills of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The estate works organically and the yields are kept extremely low. Domaine Lafran Veyrolles reds have made it one of the star performers of the appellation … but don’t overlook the rosé wines as they deserve attention too!
Foncalieu Piquepoul Rosé 2020Regular price £10.45
Piquepoul Noir has been grown in Southern France for atleast 200 years, but is now rarely seen. Originally from the Languedoc, it is one of the 13 grapes permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Pale pink colour, light bodied and clean with refreshing acidity, bright rose petal aromas and citrus notes on the finish.
Grapes: Piquepoul Noir
Eté en Provence RoséRegular price £13.95
Very pale, a transparent onion skin pink. Generous fruit and restrained elegance: flavours of white peach, melon and berries, with satisfying weight and a clean, dry finish.
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet
Vacqueyras Les Cypres Jaboulet 2016Regular price £21.95
Jaboulet are one of the most highly respected winemakers in the Rhone Valley.
Ruby red in colour with violet hues. Notes of small macerated red berries on the nose, with a final hint of garrigue (Mediterranean undergrowth). A powerful and well-rounded palate, finishing on warm spicy notes.
Region: Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Since the early 19th century Paul Jaboulet Aine has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhone. In 1834, Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864) started working the land in this region, creating a lasting link between the Jaboulet name and the Rhone over the generations.
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rouge 2015 OrganicRegular price £23.95
A top notch wild and organic Bandol!
Mourvèdre at its best! Wild flavours of fresh earth, black pepper, cinnamon, bay, cloves and blackberry. The finish is fresh and quite dry. A great way to discover Mourvèdre-dominant wine.
Grapes: Mourvèdre 70%, Grenache 20%, Cinsault 10%
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate is nestled in the protective hillsides of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The domaine works with minimal intervention: extremely low yields, organic viticulture and and natural winemaking including very limited sulphur dioxide.
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016Regular price £36.95
A rich and opulent wine with ripe blackcurrant aromas layered with notes of the herbs and flowers. Full bodied but with a soft texture on the palate; this wine retains the estate's characteristic elegance whilst embracing a modern style of winemaking. Ripe fruits combine with notes of cocoa and cherry and a hint of liquorice on the finish. Excellent example!
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache 50%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 10%
Chateau Musar Red 2008Regular price £54.95
The wine has a beautiful rich,scarlet colour with an alluring nose of black and red fruits, cherries, coffee, leather and cloves. A good natural intensity with well integrated tannins and good acidity – this is a rich, warm, concentrated vintage of Chateau Musar showing an abundance of fruit, energy and considerable finesse. Mature and balanced with a long finish.
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvèdre
Bruce Jack Moveable Feast, The Drift Farm 2016Regular price £19.95
The nose shows a mixture of ripe mulberry and white pepper, framed in a touch of toasty, vanilla oak and just the faintest hint of minty caramel chocolate. The palate echoes the blackcurrant, mulberry and dark cherry. The tannins are super smooth, long and persistent.
Country: South Africa
Grapes: 40% Malbec
10% Pinot Noir
10% Touriga Nacional
Bruce Jack Over The Moon, The Drift Farm 2018Regular price £17.75
A Brave new style of red wine. Crafted from varieties, on the edge of wildness, the aroma can be described as organised chaos. Breathe in deeply because this is the small path less travelled. With aromas of black cherry, basil, rosemary and spice and flavours of ripe plum and dark chocolate the wine surprises with its refreshing acidity and softness (due to a lack of tannin).
Country: South Africa
Grapes: Cinsault, Touriga Franca