Best Buys on a Budget

Here we're listing a selection of great value affordable wines. Some are "bin ends" which we are discontinuing. Others are simply good wines at the right price which we keep in stock, and others may be parcels of wine which we were able to buy on a good deal.

Either way all these wines are good value and most importantly good quality.
 
 

Famiglia Cielo 1908 Appassionatamente 2015 75cl

According to their website, Famiglia Cielo was founded in 1908 when great grandpa Giovanni fell in love with a small estate overlooking the Romeo and Juliet castles in the Berici Hills in Veneto.

They produce several ranges of wines including Prosecco. This is their premium wine of which they are very proud.

Text from their website states:

"Passionately with our vine growers we have created a great venetian red, masterful blend of our territory and winemaking expertise"

Colour: Intense red with garnet

Bouquet: full and fragrant with typical hints of ripe red fruit and light spicy notes

Taste: full, large and round, with ripe red fruit notes

It's a blend of Merlot, Corvina and Sangiovese, presented in a big heavy weight bottle. It's a lovely wine and wouldn't look out of place at £20 so for £11.99 it is a bargain!

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Grande Provence Viognier & Chenin Blanc 2014 75cl

Reduced to make way for new vintage. Only 4 bottles available.

2010 vintage

Veritas - Bronze

AWC Vienna International - Silver

Mundus Vini International - Gold

2009 vintage

South African Airlines Premium Class

SA Veritas - Gold

Michaelangelo - Gold

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Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc 2014 75cl

Reduced to clear to make way for new vintage. Just 3 bottles available.

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Boplaas Bobbejaanberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016 75cl

4 Stars Platter 2017

2014 won:

Michelangelo International Wine Awards - Grand d'Or (double gold) medal

Vitis ViniFere Awards - Double Gold medal

Excellent once again, this 2016 is a mirror image of the 2014. So please read those tasting notes below:

Below are the tasting notes for the 2014.

This is only the second ever vintage of this new cool climate Sauvignon Blanc from the Nel family (first release won Veritas Gold), although they do have a history of producing excellent Sauvignons having been back to back winners of the best Sauvignon Blanc at the South African Young Wine Show in 2009 and 2010.

Bobbejaanberg means "baboon mountain" as this high altitude vineyard is raided by baboons significantly reducing the crop of grapes!

For this vintage the grapes were hand harvested on the 31st March 2014, then soft pressed and only the best free run juice was then cool fermented to produce this excellent wine. Double Gold is usually only awarded to less than half a dozen wines out of 1000+ at a wine competition, so to have been awarded it at both Vitis ViniFere and Michaelangelo in the same year is quite some acheivement! These awards, like the Old Mutual and Veritas, are genuine. I'm somewhat sceptical about other more mainstream awards!

Only 5000 bottles were produced and this wine is only available at Boplaas's tasting rooms. It's not in any retailers or any hotels or restaurants in South Africa. However as we took Rozanne to Carlo's and plied her with Amarone Zenato we've now got some for our customers!

The official Boplaas tasting notes are on the further information page. However I can tell you this wine is exceptional. It is clearly cool climate, pale in colour with a floral nose. Beautiful flavours, yet subtle and elegant. Great balance and a long finish. This isn't "green fruit Marlborough", it is more sophisticated, more old world. This is seriously good wine.

Excuse the photo - the wine is so limited this is the best we can do for now, although the physical bottle has double gold stickers from both awards so it really looks the part for a great gift!.

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Claime D'Or Chardonnay 2014 75cl

I was simply stunned by this wine! We had been looking for a top quality oaky Chardonnay for over a year to replace a Californian wine we used to stock, but we just couldn't find a wine good enough - until we tried this! We had collected a case of samples a couple of days before from Rietvallei and were sitting by the hotel pool late one afternoon. The hotel (Protea President, Bantry Bay) was excellent and they let us bring all our samples down for tasting for a reasonable £3 corkage including glasses, ice bucket etc (UK hotels take note!).

One sip and we just exchanged glances - bingo! Exactly what we had been looking for. Big, oaky, buttery, beautiful balance, really long finish. This wine is fantastic.

On retasting here in the UK, I was delighted that the wine was as good as I remembered. The oak is perhaps less obvious than I remember but it is beautifully integrated creating a stunning wine. It's also very pure with minimal additives or manipulation, so unlike many wooded Chardonnays you can drink a couple of bottles without fearing a hangover from the bound sulphur! Just 3400 bottles produced. This wine is something special!

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Gladstone Pinot Noir 2013 75cl

Gold Medal Mondial des Pinots 2014

Gold Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2015

Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015

Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2015

Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014

Bronze Medal Decanter Asia Awards 2014

4.5 stars/92 points Bob Campbell

Gladstone is a fantastic boutique winery in Wairarapa in the Martinborough region, at the bottom of North Island up in the hills to the east of Wellington. Wairarapa is very possibly the biggest success story in "boutique New Zealand" in the last ten years, as it's soil and microclimate produce outstandlingly concentrated fruit. The wineries here are mainly family affairs producing great wines with real passion and flare.

Christine and David Kernohan - both originally from bonnie Scotland - have been making wine here since 1996. Minimal intervention is the key, letting the fruit do all the talking. Although it is coupled with expert dedicated winemaking of course.They are in conversion to organic, which is straight forward for them as they have always minimised additives and intervention anyway.

This Pinot Noir is from their flagship "Gladstone" range. Cherry fruit, soft and silky with medium body, slightly earthy undertones. A mineral streak with good acidity comes in on the finish.

Presentation is slightly different to the image shown with a gold border on the label.

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Harewood Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2010 75cl

94 Points - James Halliday for this 2010

James Kellie was the contract winemaker at Harewood then in 2003 he bought the place with a little help from his family. Since then he has won 31 national and international trophies and literally hundreds of medals for his handcrafted wines. The grapes are all sourced from low yielding vineyards from the best areas for cool climate grapes in all Australia. Harewood has also been awarded the coveted 5 Red Star rating from James Halliday for a "consistent record of excellence".

Five Red Stars "Outstanding Winery... James Halliday 2006 to 2016 Australian Wine Companion

We have been very fortunate to have sourced a small parcel of this wine from the 2010 vintage - but there are no tasting notes for it on the Harewood website any longer. Here are the tasting notes for the latest vintage from the winery. James has been making the wine pretty much the same way each year so they should be pretty accurate and give you a good idea of what to expect. I'll just note that the fruit for this vintage comes only from Frankland River and Mount Barker, and that the wine was matured in French oak barriques for 18 months.

Please note this wine is cool climate (for Australia) and is a more restrained style than the likes of Barossa for example. It is more European in style rather than a big fruit bomb!

"The careful selection of varieties and sub regions has produced a wine that combines the licorice and black cherry of Frankland River Shiraz, the pepper and blackberry of Mount Barker Shiraz and the leafy elegance and raspberry of cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon from Porongurup in the Great Southern Wine region of Western Australia.

The individual batches were fermented in small open fermenters and then matured in a mixture of new and older French and American oak barriques.

Following nine months in oak, the wines were carefully blended and returned to barrel for a further six months prior to bottling. The final blend is 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet.

A bright crimson colour with youthful purple hues.

A rich aromatic nose displaying an enticing combination of cinnamon, black pepper, plum, licorice and blackberry supported by vanillin oak and hints of leafy tobacco.

Initial flavours of soft ripe plums and blackcurrant lead to a more structured mid palate of raspberry and aniseed with a long textured finish of spicy oak and mocha supported by fine velvety tannins."

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RRP £14.99. Special offer reduced to £11.99. Very limited stock.

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Harewood Estate Shiraz 2008 75cl

Western Australia Boutique Wine Show - Gold for this 2008

Australian Boutique Wine Awards Trophy - "Best Shiraz of Show" for 2007 vintage

Rutherglen wine show 2008 Trophy for "Best Australian 2007 Red Wine"

09 vintage: 94 points, James Haliiday’s 2013 Wine Companion

09 Gold Medal - 2010 Boutique Wine Show of Western Australia

James Kellie was the contract winemaker at Harewood then in 2003 he bought the place with a little help from his family. Since then he has won 31 national and international trophies and literally hundreds of medals for his handcrafted wines. The grapes are all sourced from low yielding vineyards from the best areas for cool climate grapes in all Australia. Harewood has also been awarded the coveted 5 Red Star rating from James Halliday for a "consistent record of excellence".

Five Red Stars "Outstanding Winery... James Halliday 2006 to 2016 Australian Wine Companion

Again we have sourced a small parcel of this wine from the 2008 vintage. Please note this wine is cool climate (for Australia) and is a more restrained style than the likes of Barossa for example. It is more European in style rather than a big fruit bomb!

The grapes were sourced from low yielding vines in Frankland River and Mount Barker which are regarded amongst the best sites for Shiraz in all Australia. The wine was matured for 24 months in French oak barriques, both new and one year old.

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Harewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 75cl

08 Vintage: 94 points, James Halliday's 2012 Australian Wine Companion

James Kellie was the contract winemaker at Harewood then in 2003 he bought the place with a little help from his family. Since then he has won 31 national and international trophies and literally hundreds of medals for his handcrafted wines. The grapes are all sourced from low yielding vineyards from the best areas for cool climate grapes in all Australia. Harewood has also been awarded the coveted 5 Red Star rating from James Halliday for a "consistent record of excellence".

Five Red Stars "Outstanding Winery... James Halliday 2006 to 2016 Australian Wine Companion

Again we have sourced a small parcel of this wine from the 2008 vintage. Please note this wine is cool climate (for Australia) and is a more restrained style than the likes of Barossa for example. It is more European in style rather than a big fruit bomb!

The grapes were sourced from low yielding vines in Denmark and Mount Barker. The wine was matured for 20 months in French oak barriques, both new and one year old.

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Valtonar Barrica D.O. Ribera del Duero 2014 75cl
Valtonar is an excellent small family winery run by the father and his two sons, although one of them only works there part time. They own 30 hectares consisting of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They farm organically but refuse to go for certification, as it is expensive and they don't believe they should have to pay to make wine properly - and I fully agree with them, as EU Organic certification rules are very lax and it's no longer a guarantee of a natural healthy wine.

They harvest everything by hand and ferment the grapes with only their natural yeasts. They don't filter the wine either, instead they move the barrels outside overnight where the drop in temperature clarifies the wine through a natural process. They make wine traditionally and use virtually no additives.

100% Tempranillo aged in French oak for 12 months. This wine is lovely. Below are Valtonar's tasting notes:

"This wine is made with Tempranillo vines situated around Anguix, Roa and Pedrosa de Duero, in the heart of Ribera del Duero. Intense cherry red colour. In the nose is complex: vanilla, toffee, spices, and mature red fruit. Very friendly in mouth, soft aftertaste with a long and lingering finish."

My tasting notes from some months ago state:

Deep ruby in colour with big legs. Black fruit with some vanilla. Soft mouthfeel like "dusty plums", very smooth and balanced.



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Herederos 1808 Valcavada Semi Crianza D.O.C. Rioja 2014 75cl
A fantastic new wine from this superb boutique winery in Rioja.

As it is so new, no images exist of it yet - I took this image on my phone and cropped it.

The wine itself is beautiful. Plenty of body, super smooth and integrated as all Herederos's wines are. Like their other wines it is low in sulphites and additives as they farm biodynamically and use absolute minimal additives or manipulation.

Great value. We predict this will be a big seller.



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Valtonar Alegria Rosado D.O. Ribera del Duero 75cl
A lovely rose made from Tempranillo and Merlot. Fermented with the grapes natural yeasts without additives, then lightly fined with egg whites. It's very low in sulphites as Valtonar are ardent fans of making wines as naturally as possible.

Soft strawberry flavours with good body and a dry finish.

Don't be put off by the amateaur photo. it isn't this dark in real life. It's a lovely wine, give it a go!



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Valdepuga Vina Eiris D.O Ribeiro 2014 75cl
A new wine from Jose consisting of 80% treixadura, 10 % albariño, 5% loureiro y 5 % godello all fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel.

Pale gold with green highlights. It's light on the palate with a fresh and fruity taste. Ideally suited to enjoying on a sunny day, pair it with seafood or paella if you're into your Spanish cuisine. Well made and clean, low in sulphites with no added tartaric acid - rare to find a white at this price which is so easy drinking.



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Badia di Morrona Bianco dei Poggi IGT Toscana 2014 75cl

Badia di Morrona is a small estate owned by the Gaslini Alberti family, a highly passionate producer focussing on quality. Their holdings are reasonably large by our standards, around 1500 acres with a little under 300 planted with vines, around half being Sangiovese. The rest is olive groves and farmland. They have restored the old farmhouses for guests and have a restaurant and even a monastery dating back to the eleventh century.

Their wines are well made blending both traditional methods and state of the art technology. They are great quality at affordable prices. Their dedication to producing high quality wines is earning them a reputation and they've been hotly tipped as a winery to watch out for in the near future.

This is a blend of Vermentino, Trebbiano and Chardonnay, fermented in stainless steel for freshness. It's fairly full and round in the mouth with floral and citrus notes. It's a great summer wine, particularly to enjoy with food. Good value.

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Badia di Morrona Rosso dei Poggi IGT Toscana 2014 75cl

Badia di Morrona is a small estate owned by the Gaslini Alberti family, a highly passionate producer focussing on quality. Their holdings are reasonably large by our standards, around 1500 acres with a little under 300 planted with vines, around half being Sangiovese. The rest is olive groves and farmland. They have restored the old farmhouses for guests and have a restaurant and even a monastery dating back to the eleventh century.

Their wines are well made blending both traditional methods and state of the art technology. They are great quality at affordable prices. Their dedication to producing high quality wines is earning them a reputation and they've been hotly tipped as a winery to watch out for in the near future.

This Rosso is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and some unstated grapes, fermented in stainless steel for freshness. It's soft, round and smooth with berry flavours. Very easy drinking and particularly suited to Italian cuisine of course.

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Badia di Morrona I Sodi del Paretaio Chianti DOCg 2014/15 75cl

Badia di Morrona is a small estate owned by the Gaslini Alberti family, a highly passionate producer focussing on quality. Their holdings are reasonably large by our standards, around 1500 acres with a little under 300 planted with vines, around half being Sangiovese. The rest is olive groves and farmland. They have restored the old farmhouses for guests and have a restaurant and even a monastery dating back to the eleventh century.

Their wines are well made blending both traditional methods and state of the art technology. They are great quality at affordable prices. Their dedication to producing high quality wines is earning them a reputation and they've been hotly tipped as a winery to watch out for in the near future.

This Chianti is a blend of 85% Sangiovese with the other 15% made up of Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot (Chianti has to contain at least 85% Sangiovese). It's unoaked, having been aged in concrete or stainless steel for ten months. It's very fresh with plenty of fruit upfront. Ripe and juicey with soft tannins. Ideal to partner with a bit of cold meat and cheeses.

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Bodegas Campina Contadero Joven D.O. Toro 2014 75cl
Bodegas Campina was formed in 2003 by a collection of local vineyard owners who wanted to produce quality wines. The vineyards were all well established, all at least 40 years old, many far older, and they believed these could produce top quality fruit to create superior wines.

Like Bodega Pago de Cubas above, they also employed top local winemaker Rosa Maria Zarza,

This "Joven" is a young unoaked wine. It is a lovely for the price, very natural tasting. Red and black fruit flavours, soft mouthfeel, fairly full bodied with a dry finish. Ideal with barbeque or roast meats. It will have only had a light filtering if any, so there will be a little sediment as Rosa prefers to leave all the natural goodness in rather than filter it out.



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Juan Simon Organic Cartan Joven D.O. Navarra 2014 75cl
A lovely natural wine from this tiny producer who is a pioneer in BIO viticulture in Navarra. Juan only makes two wines, and makes very small quantities of each.

This Cartan "Joven" is a young unoaked wine consisting of 50% each Tempranillo and Garnacha. Highly recommended.



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Asterisco D.O. Toro 2013 75cl
Berlin Wine Trophy 2015 - Gold Medal

Bodega Pago de Cubas is a new winery established in 2007 by a group of wine lovers to showcase the incredible potential of the Toro region. For anybody not familiar with the Spanish wine regions, DO Toro and DO Bierzo are the two most exciting emerging regions for red wines in the country. They work with Spain's signature red grape Tempranillo (known locally as Tinto de Toro) . Like Ribera Del Duero, Toro is quickly gaining a reputation for producing some of the best boutique wines in Spain.

The winery is located in the village of Valdefinjas. The winemaker is Rosa Maria Zarza, Toro's top female winemaker.

This Asterisco spent 6 months in oak. Vanilla on the nose and good legs sticking to the side of the glass. Deep purple in colour. Good fruit on entry followed by a dry finish. This wine is pretty tight on opening so I recommend you give it at least half an hour to breathe then it softens noticeably.

This wine was made naturally and not filtered so there will be alittle sediment.



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Nidia Verdejo D.O Rueda 2015 75cl
Nidia is a remarkable tiny winery producing only this one wine which is stunningly good. That said, this year they've also produced a superb sauvignon blanc - just 7000 bottles - which is listed below, but for their entire history they've been 100% reliant on their superb Verdejo to bring in the revenue. It's no surprise then to discover this is a top quality wine made with real passion and dedication - and minimal intervention or additiives.

New vintage 2015 just landed!

Fantastic once again! Pale gold with green highlights and some legs sticking to the glass. Pear aromas followed by delicious pear and guava on the palate. Great balance, good body and very smooth with natural acidity on the long finish cleansing the palate. This is superb wine for the money, very fresh and clean.



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Claime D'Or Solidus Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl

A delicious wine from Bernardo. Don't be fooled into thinking this is "cheap" because of the price, this is still top quality wine and still presented in the heavyweight bottle.

Big, super smooth, wonderful balance and delicious! Perfect with a steak but also lovely on it's own.

This is great wine, big full and round, beautifully smooth. Exceptional value.



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Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc by Grande Provence

Vitis Vinifera - Gold Medal

2015 "Excellent Wine at the Price " Wine Awards - Gold Medal

An excellent fresh Sauvignon. Bags of fruit, full body with a rich mouthfeel and very well balanced acidity. Most cheap sauvignons have a lot of tartaric acid added to create that crisp finish although this also causes heartburn for many people - this wine uses only it's natural acidity and is soft and smooth. Not often you get a Sauvignon at this price which is so easy to drink!

This wine is hand made with minimal manipulation or additives, and is seriously good value at this price!

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Aresti Estates Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 75cl

89 Points Descorchados

87 Points James Suckling

This is a great limited production wine from the Curico Valley. Selected vines were hand harvested with gentle destemming by hand. 20% of the grapes were fermented in French oak. The resulting wine is superb, really showcasing Chile's value for money. I was very impressed with the quality, even more so when I found out the price. Being a hand made, limited production wine it's also very low in free sulphur. It's deep ruby red, hinting at at what's to come! A strong nose with fruit, eucalyptus and a little spice. On the palate it has rich fruit flavours with a full mouthfeel and good body. Very very smooth with a long lingering finish. A great example of Cab Sauv at a super price. Beautiful on it's own, even better with food.

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Aresti Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 75cl

Another delicious wine from Aresti ideal for every day drinking at this price. Again the grapes were hand harvested and aged in French and American oak. Also low in sulphur so Jane could drink it without any reaction - a lot of Chilean wines are comparatively high in free sulphur so we were both delighted and surprised to find one at this price point which was so low. Smooth, good fruit flavours with medium body, well balanced with a dryish finish. Simply good every day wine, well made and at a great price.

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Aresti Estate Selection Chardonnay 2013/14 75cl

Hand harvested grapes from two of Aresti's vineyards, again cold fermented to retain freshness and flavour. A portion of the blend was then aged in oak. Good wine.

Please note the current batch of this wine is bottled in tall slim bottles as with the Sauvignon Blanc below, not in the Burgundy shape as displayed here.

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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Ardesia 2015 75cl

Packed with fruit, this Pinot is delicious. Ideal for drinking on it's own or pair with seafood, chicken or salads.

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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Sentito 2011 75cl

A decent Pinot Grigio at this price. Ideal for summer barbeques. Jane can drink this one with no ill effects, but if you are sensitive to sulphites I'd recommend going for the Ardesia Pinot Grigio to be on the safe side.

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Moncaro Trebbiano 2014 75cl

The grapes for this wine are selected from the best vineyards on the hillsides of Italy's Marche region. They are gently pressed and fermented under temperature control. 15% Verdicchio grapes are added to the Trebbiano grapes to soften the sharpness and give more body. The wine is fresh and packed with fruit, with a floral bouquet. Great value.

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Moncaro Trebbiano 2014 75cl