05 October 2019
Looking for something new? Want to expand your wine knowledge?
Then our weekly wine tasting is perfect for you...every Saturday we
select wines from our range for you to discover.
It's a casual tasting, no pressure and not guided so you can try
whilst browsing the shop. If you needed to know more, our
knowledgeable wine staff will be on hand to offer advice.
Samples will be available from 10am to 5pm each Saturday.
Split Rock 2018
Nelson, New Zealand 13% abv
Cooling sea breezes and abundant sunshine ensure vivacious, ripe
fruit in this appetising white. It's named after the landmark Split
Apple Rock in Abel Tasman National Park, where Hermann Seifried
built a winery in 1973. Gooseberry fresh Split Rock slips down a
treat on its own and perfectly partners dishes such as spicy
prawns, grilled chicken or creamy pasta.
Laithwaites Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Bordeaux, France 12% abv
A dazzling fresh Bordeaux Sauvignon that's crisp and elegant. It
is a deliciously appetising wine, with a perfect balance of grassy
freshness, lemon and light tropical fruit and terrific
As equally at home as a glass on its own as it is with fish, salads
or spicy noodles.
Réserve Champalou 2017
Vouvray, France 13% abv
This is the Loire's classic Vouvray from a superb, highly rated
family estate with many awards to its name. Made in a refreshing,
modern, off-dry style, this 2018 white offers crisp, lemony fruit
with irresistible, honeyed apple notes. Great with shellfish.
Heritage Semillon 2017
Barossa Valley, Australia 11% abv
Semillon is one of the truly great white varieties of the
Barossa Valley. The nose shows citrus/lime characters with just a
hint of oak. The palate displays distinctive fresh lemony Semillon
flavours with good weight and an impressive dry finish.
Tenuta Ca' Bolani
Prosecco, Italy 10.5% abv
Buy 6, get 1 free!
Like gelato or espresso, Prosecco is thoroughly Italian. The
best are handcrafted by artisan producers like the Zonin family,
winemakers since 1821. Winemaker Marco Rabino favours the frizzante
style - a gentle mousse rather than the full fizz of Champagne,
it's light, zippy and refreshing - brimful of crisp pear and citrus
Ultima Edizione - Simon's Wine of the Month
California, USA 14% abv
Ultima Edizione is a special project from Villa Farnia, who were
voted winemakers of the year in Italy three times in a
To craft Ultima, the team cherry picked tiny parcels of soft,
ripe Montepulciano and Sangiovese from Abruzzo, and dark Primitivo
and spicy Negroamaro from sun baked vineyards in Puglia in the deep
Each variety is vinified separately, then barrel aged and
blended to produce this intensely flavoured red.
Weighty and smooth, it's best with all sorts of pork dishes or a
rich vegetarian lasagne.
Vallon d'Arc 2017
Côtes du Rhône, France 14.5% abv
Lauded as a rare and exceptional vintage in the southern Rhône,
2017 was the second hottest year this century so far, giving rich,
well balanced wines of outstanding quality. Juicy red and black
berry fruit with a wild herb aromatic lift, it's a velvety, soft
red, as tasty on its own as it is at a barbecue or with a warming
meat or vegetable casserole.
Marquês de Marialva 2014
Bairrada, Portugal 13% abv
Portugal's characterful reds are woefully under represented in
the UK. But we're righting that wrong with full flavoured beauties
like Marialva. Bairrada is one of the best known wines of Portugal.
With 5 years age this is silky, with mellow red fruits, complex
spicy oak length, and a medium body.
Camino de Seda 2017
Jumilla, Spain,14% abv
One of our best selling wines, this is a must for fans of big,
smooth reds. Ancient bush vines high in tucked away Jumilla produce
intense flavour, complemented in this velvety red by notes of sweet
spicy oak. Enjoy by itself, or with pork loin or lamb
casserole. Ideal at a barbecue too.
The Waxed Bat 2017
Mendoza, Argentina 13.5% abv
What happens when you blend 3 of the world's most popular grapes
varieties? Waxed Bat! Argentinian winemaker Opi Sadler has combined
these 3 varieties to bring you this full bodied red which is spicy
and rich with blackberry and pepper flavours. Smooth rounded
tannins make this a perfect wine to enjoy with grilled steak,
casseroles and fine cheeses.