Wines available by the glass this week.

We have a new selection of wines available for you to sample this week , all from just £1. Prices are… All wines will be £1 for 25ml, £3 for 75ml and £5 for 125ml.

Ladoix “Le Clou D’Orge”.Ladoix is a village located to the north of Côte de Beaune, to the north-east of the village called Aloxe-Corton, next to the famous hill of Corton.

Note: Beautiful nose of citrus, melon, and salinity all melding together nicely. Very round and soft on the palate, with layers of ripe fruit and minerals unfolding. Nice depth with a good, lengthy finish. From: Cote De Beaune. Grape: 100% Chardonnay

‘Bel Canto’ Riesling. The outcrop of land on which these were grown consists largely of weathered stones. Millions of years ago these were shorn from the high mountain peaks of the South Island’s Southern Alps by an ice-age glacier, which deposited them in selected sites in the Waipara Valley. Note: Aromas of tropical fruit, both ripe fruit and dried. On the palate theres a slight tingly fizz, fruit and some minerality. Fresh finish. From: Waipara Valley, New Zealand. Grape: 100% Riesling

Contino Rioja Blanco. The history of the property dates from the 16th century, and is reflected in its name. The “contino” was the officer in charge of a guard corps of a hundred soldiers who protected the royal family “de contino” (continuously) from the times of the Catholic Monarchs onwards. Note: On the nose, aromas of yellow fruit, citrus, and toasty nuts. On the palate, full-bodied, smooth and elegant in character with silky tannins and a high level of acidity that makes its mainly fruity aftertaste longer. From: Rioja, Spain. Grape: Viura: 80%, White Grenache: 15%, Malvasía: 5 %

Monarch Mine Vineyard, Roussanne. At a wine tasting in Paris, a French sommelier compared this wine to an Hermitage Blanc. This, a great compliment to Bill Easton, is exactly what he was after when the Monarch Mine Vineyard was planted with a Roussanne clone from a special parcel in Hermitage. Note: With exquisite quince, honey-nut, and beeswax aromas. It has a very rich and silky mouth feel from barrel fermentation and lees aging, and excellent minerality. From: Amadour County, California, USA. Grape: 100% Roussanne

Malbec Reserve. The wines of Susana Balbo’s signature series are her maximum expression of her art as a wine- maker. The barrels with the most sophisticated aromatics and flavors are selected for this line. Susana looks for great complexity and balance in her wines, and each varietal is individually fermented and aged in order to achieve this.
Note: Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and blueberries framed by hints of spices and mint. On the palate there are ripe plum fruit and notes of toasty vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of mint on the finish. This is a ripe and rich style of wine with long velvety finish. From: Alto Agrelo (Luján de Cuyo) Altamira (Uco Valley). Grape: 92% Malbec, 8% Cab Sauv.

Vina Ardanza Rioja. The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from
very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result.
Note: Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the
nose, with spicy and dark spiced fruit aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. From: Rioja, Spain. Grape: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

Ironclad.Ironclad is named in honour of the 19th Century warships characterised by the iron armour bolted onto their wooden hulls, much as iron courses through the veins of our warm clay hillside vineyards. Note: On the nose there is cassis, blue and black fruits, crushed stone, chalk and a herby note. The palate is very concentrated with a streak of minerality towards the finish contributing freshness to the wine. From: Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Grape: Cabernet franc 39% Merlot 30% Cabernet sauvignon 18% Malbec 7% Petit Verdot 6%

St. Joseph Les Lauves. Wild and yet captivating, Les Lauves (Cézanne’s art studio) comes from vines on the granite slopes of the St. Joseph appellation. A dense, full-bodied structure with intense aromas of spices and violets intermingle with black fruit, making this wine exceptionally complex and long-lived. Note: Still very youthful but beautiful bouquet with spices like white pepper and cherries. Juicy fruits and a pleasant light dose of oak. Elegant acidity. From: Saint Joseph, Rhone Valley, France. Grape: 100% Syrah

News of a day’s closure and a big Special Offer

SPECIAL OFFER – BUY ANY 6 BOTTLES, PAY FOR ONLY 5.

For this week only we have a special offer available only until 10pm on Saturday night, 30th Jan 2016. It is available on all wines, Champagnes, sweet wines, ports and sherries. You can mix and match any 6 bottles and you only pay for 5, getting the cheapest of the 6 free of charge. The only exclusions are the bottles that are already on offer. The reason for this promotion is that we will be stocktaking on Sunday and the less bottles we have to count, the better!! If you’ve had a dry January then this might be a good way of stocking up on your favourite tipple and getting a good discount!

THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY ON SUNDAY 31ST JAN FOR STOCKTAKING.

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we have to count every single bottle of wine in the shop and at our warehouse. So we will be closed all day on Sunday 31st Jan, the last day of our financial year, but we will be open again as normal from 11am on Monday 1st Feb.

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