New Arrivals at Good Wine Online

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  1. Matias Michelini SuperUco

    This is the top wine from Matias Michelini, one of four brothers pioneering true biodynamic winemaking in Gualtallary, Argentina.

    The winery is simply amazing, a tiny place built in an octagon housing concrete eggs and fudres (extra large wooden barrels). There is no stainless stell whatsoever as they believe in using only natural resources for their wines.

    This wine is superb. More details to follow.

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £48.00
  2. Franciacorta Ca del Bosco Prestige Cuvee Brut Magnum DOCG

    Gambero Rosso - Due Bicchieri

    Magnums of the superb Ca del Bosco Franciacorta Prestige Cuvee Brut. Be quick we only have a very limited quantity.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £60.00
  3. Santa Margherita Ripasso DOC Superiore

    This is only the second vintage released of a brand new wine for Santa Margherita. In 2014 they produced their first ever Amarone and decided to also produce this Ripasso using the Amarone skins to referment the Valpolicella. We have just received stock of the 2015 Ripasso.

    This is good. Medium weight on the palate showing good fruit with firm acidity coming in on the finish. There is plenty of red and black fruit flavours with a little spice, lovely smooth mouthfeel and excellent overall balance. Not as big as Zenato's Ripassa but perhaps more refined. It's a great food wine.

    We are the sole UK stockists for this wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.95
  4. Santa Margherita Chiaretto DOC Stilrose

    Santa Margherita Chiaretto Stilrose is a superb rose for the discerning wine drinker. Pale salmon pink in colour, full and round in the mouth with complex concentrated flavours. Gentle acidity cleanses the palate on the long finish. This wine is the Italian equivalent to good Cotes de Provence, although this is comparatively low in sulphites too (which is very difficult to find in France). This is the Italian "Whispering Angel".

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.50
  5. Torresella Spumante Rosato Brut

    Torresella winery is part of the Santa Margherita group and makes some good cheap wines for everyday drinking. This sparkling rose is really good. Plenty of flavour and a fine mousse, well balanced with a hint of sweetness before finishing dry. This is a good party wine or as an aperitif.

    We have given it a medium sulphite rating and advise anybody with a sulphite allergy to avoid it. That's not because it's overly high in sulphites, it is a much cleaner better wine than any sparkling wines you will find in the mainstream supermarkets, but by our standards it is produced on a large scale and we don't want our regular customers to mistake it for one of our super low sulphite artisan wines.

    We are listing it because it's good value for money. If you particularly want a low sulphite sparkling wine upgrade to the Santa Margherita sparkling roses for a few pounds more.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.99
  6. Santa Margherita Spumante Rosato VS Brut

    Santa Margherita tell me this wine is basically the same as their other rose spumante, although it is from a different cuvee/vintage. This one with the new presentation is set to replace the more traditional bottle.

    However the wines are different with this being a bit paler in a lighter fresher style, doubtless because the older one has a few months more bottle age. We tasted them back to back at Carlo's where they both went down very well. The quality of both is excellent, opt for this if you prefer the lighter style, opt for the other if you prefer more concentration of flavour. They are both worthy replacements for the limited edition "52" which has just about finished.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.95
  7. Santa Margherita Spumante Rosato

    Santa Margherita Spumante Rose is basically a Rose Prosecco (but that term no longer exists as the Italian governemnt changed the classification system so it is simply called Spumante now).

    This wine is excellent, full flavoured with balanced acidity and a long crisp finish.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.95
  8. Santa Margherita Prosecco "P" DOC Extra Dry

    Santa Margherita Prosecco "P" D.O.C. is an excellent prosecco from one of the region's finest producers. A fine mousse, full of fruit with balanced acidity and a crisp dry finish. This is good quality wine at a great price.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £13.00
  9. Grangehurst Red Barrel 2009

    After competing in the Vintners Classic Surf Contest in 2004 Jeremy was inspired to produce a wine celebrating his two passions - wine and surfing. Hence he produced this "Red Barrel".

    Like all his wines it is superb! A blend of Cabernet and Shiraz with a little Mourvedre, all handpicked into small baskets. The grapes were further hand sorted from basket to basket so only the premium fruit was used.

    The different varietals were fermented separately, and each ferment was punched down by hand up to six times a day over an eight day period to extract maximum flavour and colour. The wine was then drawn off unfiltered and unfined to stainless steel before being matured in French oak for eighteen months, then the blend was assembled. The wine was then allowed to rest in stainless steel for a few months before bottling on a gravity flow system as Jeremy calls it - which is a tube out of the tank with Jeremy and the girls at the other end manually filling the bottles! 

    It's a big wine, powerful and full flavoured. Initial black fruit turns slightly savoury on the finish. Like all Jeremy's wines it is smooth and integrated, very easy to drink. Compared to his excellent "Daylea 2007" at the same price this is a bit deeper and heavier in style.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  10. The Fledge & Co Syrah

    Winemag.co.za 91 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This is Syrah grown on shale at a secret vineyard Leon has been watching for the last seven years. He added a small amount of Viognier from the neighbouring vineyard too. Hand harvested in the early hours of the morning, fermented in open top cement lagars then aged for nine months in French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Again very French in style. The wine is ruby red and crystal clear. On the palate it is medium bodied with good mouthfeel. Some lovely red fruit flavours initially then there is a lift from the viognier toward the long finish. Perfect balance throughout. This is a classy wine, again not a blockbuster, but elegant and delicious.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.49
  11. The Fledge & Co Katvis Pinot Noir

    Tim Atkin 90 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Winemag.co.za 90 Points

    James Suckling 89 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    A blend of 3 different clones of Pinot Noir from 3 different regions - Grabouw, Elgin and Karoo. All were hand harvested and cool fermented in cement lagars to retain the fruit before being matured for 9 months in old French oak hogsheads prior to blending. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    The wine is medium to light bodied. Very pure and elegant with delicate flavours and a lift on the finish from good acidity making it an ideal food wine. This is very French in style for a South African, not a big hitter. but very good wine for those wanting a lighter red.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  12. The Fledge & Co Vagabond

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Neal Martin 88 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Leon says: "A proper barrel fermented & matured Cape White blend, encompassing vines from across the length and breadth of the Cape's winelands.  The current 2016 vintage is a combination of Steen, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho & Grenache blanc - it's very food friendly & akin to Rhone white with a lot more refinement thanks to our cool climate Chardonnay, low alcohol & use of old French oak casks." 

    Gold in colour with wonderful clarity. Swirl it around to see the legs on the glass. Lovely flavours with peach and some citrus. Quite full body with a creamy mouthfeel. This is lovely wine. delicate for a South African, made in an elegant and classy style.

    Be careful not to overchill this beauty!

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  13. The Fledge & Co Hoeksteen

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    Neal Martin 91 Points

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Leon states "A single vineyard, dry land farmed bush vines, barrel fermented & matured Chenin from the Bottelary planted in 1983 & which they only crafted 200 cases of. The Hoeksteen is a wine which benefits greatly from further bottle maturation & is (unintentionally) very "Loire"-like."

    For me personally it was a little too French! I like my whites with a bit more power. This reminded me a lot of white Burgundy which many would say was a compliment. I would say if you like your Northern French whites this would be up your street but if you like a fuller heavier white then opt for the Fledge Vagabond instead.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  14. The Fledge & Co Klipspringer

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Winemag.co.za 93 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Part barrel fermented and matured on the lees to produce a complex wine with real ageing potential. Plale gold in colour with amazing clarity, some legs sticking to the glass. Lovely flavours, yet fairly delicate. Fine palate weight and a crisp cleansing natural acidity on the finish. This is very good wine, particularly suited to food such as grilled fish or chicken dishes. Be careful not to over chill it though. We chose not to use an ice bucket and let the wine relax a bit, and it just got better and better.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  15. The Fledge & Co Fume Blanc

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    Platter 4 Stars

    Neal Martin 91 Points

    James Suckling 90 Points

    Winemag.co.za 90 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This "Fume Blanc" is a blend of hand harvested Sauvignon grapes from two sites, one in Stellenbosch overlooking False Bay and the other up at Gansbaai north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast. It was both barrel fermented and barrel matured, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    This is a complex wine, a big hit with their customers in South Africa and clearly well liked by Tim Atkin MW too.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  16. Jikken Bareru Nel & Coetzee Steen

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Steen (Chenin Blanc) is from two old plots of bush vines in Swartland. Pale gold in colour with some legs when you swirl it in the glass. A faint nose gives way to soft flavours on the palate with some pear and stone fruit. It has an almost creamy texture with good mouthfeel, and like the Sauvignon finishes crisp and dry. Perfect for turkey this Christmas or with Asian dishes or crreamy pasta.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.50
  17. Cave de Cairanne Pas de la Baume Blanc Cotes du Rhone

    Concours des Vins Orange 2018 - Gold

    I was very pleased with this. Concentrated fruit flavours, mainly pear with a hint of peach and good body once again. There's good length and a delicious clean finish. For the money this wine is excellent.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £9.79
  18. Sequerciani Vermentoro oak aged sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. For the 2017 they aged a tiny portion in oak and have called it "Verment'oro".

    Please be aware this wine is cloudy as it is unfiltered. On first opening there will be a slight fizz and if tasted immediately the first taste is almost like cider. Give it some time to aerate in the glass and it changes dramatically. Then with each sip it gets better and better.

    If you don't appreciate this style of natural wine please do not order this wine, as it is supremely rare and we want it to go to natural wine fans who will appreciate it. Thank you.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.00
  19. Cave de Cairanne Pas de la Baume Rose Cotes du Rhone

    A Rose Cotes du Rhone made from a blend of traditional Rhone varietals. Pale salmon pink in colour. Sweet red fruits on the palate with good weight and a crisp dry finish.

    Free sulphur: 26mg/l

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £9.79
  20. Cave de Cairanne La Reserve Rose Cotes du Rhone Villages

    A Rose Cotes du Rhone Villages "Reserve" wine made from Grenache and Syrah. This wine is lovely. Pale salmon pink in colour with some legs. On the palate there is plenty of red fruit, good body giving a full moutfeel, then crisp acidity coming in on the long finish. It's one of our bigger more complex rose wines, lovely to savour but also well suited to a whole variety of foods including barbeque. Highly recommended.

    Free sulphur: 28mg/l

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  21. Cave de Cairanne Passion Blanc Cotes du Rhone Villages
    Pale gold with some legs when you swirl it round the glass. The nose is fresh. On the palate there are flavours of peach and pear with good body. Some citrus on the finish. Delicious on it's own as a fresh crisp white but due to the palate weight I'd pair this with creamy cheese and some cold meats - exactly as the French would!

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.50
  22. Cave de Cairanne Organic Elegante Cairanne

    Gold - Orange 2017

    Silver - Mundus Vini 2017

    An excellent organic Rhone blend. Again sweet fruit on entry, good mouthfeel with full body, smooth and round with just a hint of oak.

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £12.49
  23. Cave de Cairanne Organic Le Bete de Don Dieu

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 2 Stars "Irresistible, Amazing wine". Only 500 French wines achieve this ranking.

    A good quality organic Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu. Soft and easy drinking, with sweet red fruit flavours before finishing dry. Great with food like stews or good cheese.

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  24. Cave de Cairanne AC Cairanne Sans Soufre

    Another sulphite free Rhone blend, this time from the Cairanne AOC. Full flavoured and fruity with medium body. Once again smooth with nicely balanced natural aciditiy. Like all Cave de Cairanne's reds it is made in a fruit forward style so is a little sweeter on the palate than our other sulphite free reds.

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.00
  25. Cave de Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Sans Soufre

    Concours Grand Vins de France Macon 2018 - Gold

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 2 Stars "Excellent"

    A good entry level Cotes Du Rhone without added sulphites. Great value.

    Sorry, sold out. Please try their AC Cairanne Sans Souffre as a great alternative.

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  26. Cave de Cairanne Secret de Campane Rouge
    The Secret de Campane from Cave de Cairanne is a Rhone blend with a drop of Merlot. Designed to be fresh and fruity for everyday drinking. Very tasty and enjoyable on its own or with a whole range of foods, but please be aware this a volume wine for Cave de Cairanne and the free sulphite level is too high for anybody with an allergy.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £8.50
  27. Cave de Cairanne Pas de la Baume Rouge

    Concours des Vins Orange 2018 - Gold

    The Pas de la Baume range from Cave de Cairanne are great wines for everyday drinking. Well made, well priced and low in sulphites too, so no hangover or muzzy head. This soft and fruity red blend won Gold at the Orange Wine Awards.

    I'm impressed by this one as it is great value for money. Big black fruit with some oak and a little pepper. More traditional Rhone style at an affordable price.

    Free sulphur: 18mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £9.79
  28. Cave de Cairanne La Reserve Cairanne Blanc

    Decanter Trophy Best in Show, 97 Points

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 1 Star

    This Reserve Cairanne Blanc is extremely limited having done so well at the Decanter World Wine Awards. We have just 120 bottles.

    Pale gold in colour. Strong flavours on the palate of peach and a little citrus. Good full body giving a lovely mouthfeel. Well integrated acidity, with a long clean finish. This is very good wine, on a par with our fantastic Tampesta Albarin which is a favourite of ours. Highly recommended but be quick as this won't hang around.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  29. Cave de Cairanne Chateuneuf du Pape

    Cave de Cairanne Chateauneuf du Pape . Big and powerful of course with noticeable oak, but Cairanne took great care to preserve the fruit and limit the tannins (by destemming the grapes before crushing). Super wine with a very long finish.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £29.99
  30. Cave de Cairanne Gigondas

    Gigondas had become known as "the poor man's Chateauneuf du Pape" a decade ago, although I think that is a bit tongue in cheek as the wines can still command a hefty price. The wines can be amazing and although this AC has developed a very strong reputation for high quality, they still tend to be a bit cheaper than equivalents from Chateauneuf.

    This wine is superb. Big and powerful as you would expect, with full body. Super smooth with acidity and oak in perfect balance, and a very long lingering finish. Highly recommended. Cave de Cairanne make all their reds in a fruit forward style and minimise the tannins (by de-stemming etc) so the wine is ready to drink young. For this reason we recommend you drink within a couple of days once opened, but it is so delicious you will probably drink it within a couple of hours in reality!

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £23.95
  31. Cave de Cairanne Plan de Dieu La Reserve

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 1 Star

    Cave de Cairanne La Reserve Plan de Dieu (meaning the plan of God) is one of the 17 designated villages which make up the Rhone's Cotes du Rhone Villages. For this appellation the wine can come from one of four villages in the Vaucluse area. Due to the nature of the soils these wines tend to be dense and concentrated with vivid colour. The 2016 won Gold at the Orange Wine Fair 2017 and Silver at Decanter 2017.

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.50
  32. Cave de Cairanne Vacqueyras

    Guide Hatchette - "Excellent"

    Cave de Cairanne are very proud of this Vacqueyras. As an AOC the reputation of Vacqueyras has grown in recent years as it is catching up to it's more famous neighbours of Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape.

    This is an excellent wine. Big and powerful yet well balanced. Good fruit with just the right amount of oak, very smooth and medium bodied with a long finish. This knocks the socks off any generic Chateaneuf du Pape. Highly recommended. 

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.95
  33. Cave de Cairanne Les Voconces

    Gold - Paris 2017

    Bronze - Decanter

    This AC Cairanne is a blend of traditional Rhone varieties all fermented together, then aged in concrete for 18 months to preserve the fruit while maturing the wine so it's ready for immediate consumption (but will keep for years if required).

    Concentrated fruit flavours, medium bodied and very smooth. This is a great wine for anybody looking for depth of flavour without any wood ageing. 

    Sorry - sold out already!

    Free sulphur: 16mg/l

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.00
  34. Cave de Cairanne Rasteau

    90 Points & Silver - Decanter

    Bronze - Paris 2017

    Appellation Rasteau Controllee. Concentrated red and black fruits with some well integrated oak. Fairly light in body and silky smooth. This is a delicious wine, ideal with some good cheese. 

    Free sulphur: 17mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.00
  35. Cave de Cairanne Jardin Secret de Camille Cotes du Rhone Villages

    A good quality Cotes du Rhone Villages, Made in a fruit forward style with only a hint of oak. Very smooth with good body, and minimal tannins so it's not too heavy. Suited to enjoy as a glass of wine but like all Cave de Cairanne's wines is even better with food. Pair with anything from pizzas and pasta dishes to casseroles and game.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  36. Cave de Cairanne Antique

    Concours Mundial Bruxelles 2018 - Silver

    Appellation Cairanne Controllee. The 2015 Cairanne Antique won Gold at Mundus Vini and Silver at Decanter. This 2016 has only just been released.

    It's a big wine with plenty of oak.

    Free sulphur: 30mg/l

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  37. Cara Sur Criolla Sebastian Zuccardi

    Sebastian Zuccardi originally made this Criolla exclusively for Gaucho Restaurants in the UK. We are very fortunate to have some for sale.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £22.96
  38. Malcaracter Valtonar D.O. Ribera del Duero

    Like all wines from Valtonar this Malcaracter is a natural wine, farmed organically. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented with their own yeast. The wine is bottled unfiltered

    Malcaractere is a collaboration between Valtonar and their marketing agent, and is some of Valtonar's best Tempranillo aged in oak for 12 months, released under it's own label for this joint venture. Excellent wine as always, very natural and very low in sulphites.

    Free sulphur: 16

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  39. Tampesta Golan Rosado D.O Tierra de Leon

    The Tampesta Golan Rose differs from their standard Rose as it is 100% Prieto Picudo (as opposed to having some Tempranillo) and is has been aged on the lees and in wood for a few months to give a fuller body and more complexity. It is lovely!

    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £12.50
  40. Tampesta Maneki Edicion Especial

    Tampesta  Maneki Edicion Especial is a tiny limited parcel of their excellent Maneki having undergone extra ageing. They only produced 242 bottles!

    We have just 24. Full bodied and rounded with strong peach flavours and a really long finish.

    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  41. Tampesta Maneki D.O Tierra de Leon

    Tampesta  Maneki is again made from the Albarin grape, although aged for longer on the lees to impart complexity and body. There was also a brief spell in oak.

    The resultant wine is lovely. Full and round in the mouth with noticeable peach flavours. Very clean and pure which is a rarity when it comes to fuller bodied whites. Highly recommended.


    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.50
  42. Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc

    Platter 4 Stars

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Sauvignon is from two different sites, one at Simonsberg, the best site for Sauvignon in Stellenbosch, blended with wine from Elgin, well known as the best cool climate zone in SA due to it's altitude and location right above False Bay.

    Very pale, almost clear in the glass. It has an intense nose with typical big Sauvignon aromas. Then big fruit on the palate finishing absolutely bone dry. This is very good wine for the money.

    Please note for anybody with a full blown sulphite allergy, we gave it a medium low sulphite rating as Jane had a very mild reaction. The free sulphur has remained free as there are no impurities to bind with! It is fine for anybody without an allergy and is a good healthy wine which won't give you a hangover.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  43. Colmant Brut Plaisir

    This Brut Plaisir from Colmant is made in a fresher, fruitier style. It consists of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from Franschoek but also the two other best areas for MCC wines in South Africa, Robertson and Elgin. The grapes are chosen for their freshness and fruit forward qualities, then only lightly pressed to extrtact the free run juice. The wine is both lees aged and bottle matured, plus has reserve vintages blended back in - as with traditional Champagne.

    Obviously it is fresher and fruitier than their other wines which are more full, rounded and biscuity.

    Sulphite level: Low

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  44. Colmant Brut Reserve

    Colmant Brut Reserve is a superb sparkling wine made in the traditional champagne method of extensive lees ageing for 30 months and back blending of reserve vintages.

    Platter Guide 2018: 4 1/2 STARS + 93 Points

    This is better than any branded Champagne I have ever tasted in the UK!

    Sulphite level: Low

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  45. Juan Simon Organic Cartan Chardonnay

    Juan Simon has released an organic Chardonnay for the first time. It's a delicious fresh wine with crisp citrus flavours yet quite full body despite there being no wood ageing at all. It's great value for money and completely natural of course.

    Free sulphur: 10

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: No

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £9.95
  46. Grangehurst Daylea Red Blend

    90 Points Winemag.co.za

    Grangehurst Daylea red blend 2007 - is a recent release for Jeremy for "everyday drinking". I don't know any other artisan winemaker ageing a wine for nearly ten years before release. It is typical of his style, big opulent, super smooth and thoroughly delicious.

    Presentation is not good but the wine itself is superb and fantastic value.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  47. Grangehurst "350" Pinotage 2009

    This "350" is a limited edition Pinotage from Jeremy at Grangehurst, to celebrate 350 years of winemaking in South Africa (1659-2009).

    Jeremy sources his Pinotage grapes from his neighbour Kautzenburg, also on the Heldeberg which is the best site for red grapes in Stellenbosch due to a combination of altitude and the cooling breezes off False Bay. Neighbours of note include Ernie Els, Rust en Vrede and Eikendaal, all producing good reds.

    The wine was aged for 35 months in French oak and left to fine naturally via gravity. The wine was also bottled by hand via a gravity feed.

    Free sulphur: tiny

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  48. Atamisque Catalpa Pinot Noir

    Atamisque Catalpa Pinot Noir is an excellent single vineyard Pinot with gentle oak ageing. Soft and fruity with oak coming in on the back palate. Medium bodied with good acidity, well balanced with a long finish. Particularly suited to good cheese or richer fattier meats such as roast duck or pork dishes, as the acidity cleanses the palate.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99
  49. Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2012
    Kaapzicht Steytler Pentagon 2012

    Michaelangelo Awards - Double Gold

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    Kaapzicht is an excellent family winery in the Bottelary Hills region of Stellenbosch just up above Jordan, Zevenwacht and DeMorgenzon. The Steytler family have been farming there since 1946. I've visited the farm, and met the family including Yngvild several times although I've still not yet met either Danie (Junior or Senior), who both collaborate to make this particular wine. By all accounts they have a huge passion for quality wines and are very highly thought of by other members of South Africa's elite Cape Winemakers Guild.

    Kaapzicht are a big farm but only estate bottle about 30% of their wines as they are passionate about quality and their reputation. These estate wines are pretty good but it's their premium "Steytler" wines that are just in a different league. Danie Jnr is regarded as producer of one of the Cape's best Pinotages, and to add to that he makes two blends - "Vision" and "Pentagon" in the Steytler range which are only produced in exceptional vintages when the grapes are perfect. I had the 2007 vintages of both which were amazing. Both tend to win numerous top awards.

    Here we have been very fortunate to get hold of 150 bottles of 2012 Pentagon, a five way Bordeaux Blend. There is no more, the winery have sold out and I doubt there is any in the UK except possibly for the odd bottle on the shelf of a lucky wine merchant somewhere. Don't be fooled if you see it advertised by one of these online "wine marchants" who simply list every wine they can think of then try to buy it in if they get an order for it - they won't have any or be able to get any!

    This wine is Danie's pride and joy and is exceptional. Presentation is superb too in a big heavyweight bottle, wrapped in heavy duty paper. Only 6000 bottles produced all individually numbered. This is a classic and will keep for 15 years plus if you want to lay some down. A future classic.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

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  50. Benegas Estate Cabernet Franc

    I'm a big fan of all the Benegas wines and the Benegas Lynch Cabernet Franc in particular has been consistently one of our best wines for years. Here Federico has released a Cabernet Franc in his estate range at a more affordable price. Cabernet Franc thrives in Argentina due to the consistent climate, something which it doesn't get at home in the Loire where there can be significant differences in quality between vintages due to the weather.

    As a result Argentina is seeing more and more new plantings of Cabernet Franc and I think this is going to be a niche grape for them. Certainly the ones I've tasted recently from Benegas and Mauricio Lorca have been excellent quality. This particular wine is made in a bigger, more Argentine style.

    Big ripe fruit on the nose which follows through onto the palate. It's full bodied and powerful, rich but not jammy. Very smooth and balanced of course. This is fantastic wine and highly recommended.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  51. Cara Sur Moscatel Sebastian Zuccardi

    Cara Sur Moscatel! Sebastian Zuccardi's Bonarda was a firm favourite, a high altitude tiny production wine of just 2000 bottles. Now Sebastian has surpassed himself with this! A high altitude handmade Moscatel from Argentina - making just 600 bottles. Moscatel, otherwise known as Muscat or Moscato, is a popular grape used for making a variety of wine styles, with many sweet or semi sweet varieties. There are both white and red Moscatel varieties with the white being the most common for producing sweet wines, but the red also sometimes used for sweet wines too. Here Sebastian has used red Moscatel to make a dry red wine and the results are superb.

    This is true pioneering winemaking for the art, not for profit. Please try a bottle of this, as it's a unique opportunity to try such an artisan wine.

    A very floral nose, rose petal fragrance, fairly light in colour like Pinot Noir - so not surprising to discover the texture of the wine is like fine Burgundy (with more fruit). Big and round on the palate with dominant red fruits and a slight spice to it. Fantastic wine!


    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £22.96
  52. Mauricio Lorca Poetico Cabernet Franc

    This Cabernet Franc is also from Mauricio Lorca's vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best area in all Argentina for growing high quality grapes. For this "Poetico" there is far more oak than in his Fantasia Cabernet Franc. More concentrated fruit too. In fact this is a great wine, big, powerful and super smooth. Mauricio makes great value wines at affordable prices and some excellent premium wines. I'm delighted here that he has produced a superb Cabernet Franc in the middle price range.

    I tasted this along with over a dozen other reds in a "speed tasting" on the decking at the house before we rushed off to Carlo's, so my tasting notes are quite brief. Suffice to say this is an excellent wine and I heartily recommend you try it. When selecting an Argentine red wine, Cabernet Franc isn't the first wine you would think of, but expert winemakers like Mauricio Lorca are producing some superb wines with class and elegance, not just big blockbusting Malbecs.

    Huge fruit on entry, red and black berry flavours. Big and round in the mouth, very silky. Then the oak comes in toward the finish. Overall very smooth with great balance and Mauricio's trademark fresh acidity, so although a big wine it's not overpowering.

    I'd want a good fillet steak with this!

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  53. Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Cabernet Franc

    This Cabernet Franc from Mauricio Lorca is great value for money, like all Mauricio Lorca's Fantasia range. The vineyards are in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley, regarded as the best area in all Argentina for growing high quality grapes. Mauricio is one of Mendoza's best winemakers and consistently produces delicious wines at affordable prices.

    This is 100% Cabernet Franc. 30% was aged in oak while the remaining portion was left unoaked to retain the purity of fruit.

    I love Cabernet Franc and this is a great example for anybody who maybe has never had a single varietal Cab Franc before and wants to try one. Red cherry and raspberry fruit with just a hint of oak. Quite full and round in the mouth but light and fresh with good acidity. Lovely on it's own or due to it's good acidity will pair with roast meats or BBQ.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99
  54. Tampesta Rosado D.O Tierra de Leon

    This Tampesta Rose from the DO Tierra de Leon in North Western Spain is a lovely soft and fruity natural Rose made by expert Galician winemaker Luis Buitrón, vice-president of the Spanish Federation of Winemakers and president of the Association of Oenologists of Galicia.


    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £10.99
  55. Tampesta Roble D.O Tierra de Leon

    This artisan Tampesta Prieto Picudo Roble is from the DO Tierra de Leon in North Western Spain. It is a beauty. Not big and powerful, more subtle, soft and smooth with great overall balance. We focus heavily on natural wines that are easy to drink, harmonising with the body and this is one of our best finds this year. The wine is made by expert Galician winemaker Luis Buitrón, vice-president of the Spanish Federation of Winemakers and president of the Association of Oenologists of Galicia. Highly recommended.


    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  56. Tampesta Albarin Blanco D.O Tierra de Leon

    This artisan Tampesta Albarin is from the DO Tierra de Leon in North Western Spain. It's a lovely full flavoured wine with body and good mouth feel, having been aged on the lees. Very fresh and natural on the long finish, made by expert Galician winemaker Luis Buitrón, vice-president of the Spanish Federation of Winemakers and president of the Association of Oenologists of Galicia.


    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  57. Anadigna Albarino Sobre Lias D.O Rias Baixas

    Bodegas de Galicia - Gold for 2014 vintage in 2015 and 2016

    A fine, elegant Albarino, full and round in the mouth with beautiful delicate flavours. Please note the free SO2 of 33mg/l was at bottling and will have reduced by now so this is a very healthy low sulphite wine.


    Free sulphur: 33mg/l at bottling

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.50
  58. Anadigna Albarino D.O Rias Baixas

    Bodegas de Galicia - Gold 2017, 91 Points by the Penin Guide

    A true artisan Albarino from this tiny family winery. Very natural and pure. Delicate and elegant, yet quite full bodied. Highly recommended.


    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  59. Sequerciani Vermentino sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. Full, fruit driven with a nutty finish. They only make 600 bottles of this wine!

    Please be aware this wine is cloudy as it is unfiltered. On first opening there will be a slight fizz and if tasted immediately the first taste is almost like cider. Give it some time to aerate in the glass and it changes dramatically. Then with each sip it gets better and better.

    If you don't appreciate this style of natural wine please do not order this wine, as it is supremely rare and we want it to go to natural wine fans who will appreciate it. Thank you.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £14.99
  60. Sequerciani Aleatico Passito 375ml sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A truly magnificent dessert wine! Aleatico is a grape native to Maremma. Please note this is a half bottle 375ml.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £18.95

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