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  1. Santa Margherita Lugana DOP

     

    Santa Margherita Lugana is a brand new wine and it is superb!

    Pale gold in colour with good body and mouthfeel. Big fruit flavours, yet elegant and superbly balanced with a really long finish.

    I highly recommend this wine, it really is as good as it looks!

    Beautiful to drink on it's own or will pair with almost any food (particularly seafood cooked in butter).

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.50
  2. The Fledge & Co Elgin Reisling

    A very exciting brand new wine from Leon (Apologies for the poor image from my phone!).

    On opening you get the familiar Reisling nose. Lovely flavours, good strong fruit yet finishing deceptively dry. We paired it with a curry and it was superb.

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 38mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.00
  3. The Fledge & Co Elgin Viognier

    A very exciting brand new wine from Leon (Apologies for the poor image from my phone!).

    Pale gold in colour with an aromatic nose. Lovely flavours, delicate and elegant with good mouthfeel and a really long finish. Be careful not to overchill. This is a great summer wine. 

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 37mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.00
  4. The Fledge & Co Elgin Pinot Noir

     

     Leon's top Pinot Noir - this is a special wine!

     

    Free sulphur: 27mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.99
  5. The Fledge & Co Tinto

    An exciting new red made from two traditional Portuguese varieties with a drop of Shiraz.

     

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 39mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.99
  6. Domaine Mayrac Organic Savoir Etre Rouge

    A new wine recently released. Tasting notes to follow but I expect it to be very good.

    Awarded Silver at both Milesime Bio 2019 and IWSC 2019

     

     

     

     

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.49
  7. Cave de Cairanne Rose Cote du Rhone Sans Sulfite

    Brand new wine.

    Fantastic! We were very pleased with this.

    Great colour (looks much darker in the image). Full strawberry flavours, soft and round. A bit "fatter" than their other rose wines (due to no added sulphur) which makes it a great accompaniment to spicy foods. But it's equally lovely to enjoy on it's own.

    This is filling the gap until we can get more Mayrac Esprit Nature (which is en route) or more D'Anglas, and it is just as good as either of those!

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  8. Cave de Cairanne L'Insouciante Organic Rose Cotes du Rhone

    Brand new wine. 

    A delicious easy drinking rose. Soft and smooth with strawberry flavours and a dry finish.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  9. Frey Organic Malbec sulphite free wine


    Soft and smooth with flavours of plum. Medium bodied with palate cleansing acidity on the finish.

    Very easy to drink but be aware this is not the big punchy Argentine style, it's more delicate and refined. 

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  10. Frey Organic Pinot Noir sulphite free wine

    Frey's notes state:

    A light and crisp Pinot Noir that shines as a cocktail wine or paired with spicy cuisine and fresh seafood. Aromas of plum and flavors of berry and spice are followed by a smooth floral finish.
     
    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm.


    "Very Good," 2020 Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    Bronze: 2019 Dan Berger's International Wine Competition
    Bronze & “Recommended:” 2019 Tastings.com World Wine Championships

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.00
  11. Prosecco Treviso Soligo Solicum Biologico

    Soligo's notes state:

    The grapes are hand-picked in September. At the winery, the grapes are gently pressed and then undergo a slow fermentation process in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts. The Charmat technique is used to produce this sparkling wine.

    Straw yellow with greenish reflections.

    Dry, intense and persistent with freshness and sapidity that lead to a fruity finish.

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99
  12. Domaine D'Anglas Farigoulette Rouge Organic sulphite free wine

     

    This Farigoulette is made for every day drinking. Carignan, Aramon & Cinsault all from a single two hectare vineyard.

    Hand picked of course and fermented with the grapes own yeast. The grapes are crushed by carbonic maceration under their own weight to extract the juice with only a light amount of tannin. Aged in tank for six months.

    It's a perfectly enjoyable easy drinking red, light and fruity. Good sulphite free option at this price point.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  13. Passo del Sud Appassimento

    Luca Maroni  95 Points

    Passo del Sud is a new wine for us made in the Appassimento method of pre drying the grapes in the sun to concentrate flavour, alcohol and power.

    This wine is the collaboration of two friends (Benedetto & mario) using local indigenous grapes with a little Merlot.

    It is very good indeed. Made on a slightly larger scale than our boutique wines but still much smaller than mass produced wines. We have given it a medium rating for sulphites just to be over cautious, so please avoid it if you have a sulphite intolerance. For everybody else though this is an excellent choice if you want a powerful wine at the right money.

    Big, powerful yet velvet smooth. Excellent wine!

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £11.99
  14. Cave de Cairanne Organic L'Insouciante AC Cotes Du Rhone

     A very pleasant warming red. At first it's a little tight with earthy aromas. Give it a bit of time to open up and it becomes very moreish in a natural style.

     

    Free sulphur: 15

    Organic: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  15. Fe Organic Bodega Vagal D.O.P Valtiendas

    This is the third red from Bodega Vagal, first vintage just released. Biodynamically farmed and organically certified.

    It's a fantastic wine produced at altitude (940 metres) so plenty of fresh acidity. It spent four months in oak.

    Tasting notes to follow.

    Free sulphur: 27

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  16. Rosa Zarza Selleccion 14 Meses D.O. Toro

    This is the top wine from Rosa Maria Zarza, from her family vineyard with an average age of 50 years.

    Selected plots of Tempranillo were hand harvested, fermented and subsequently aged in oak for 14 months.

    This is a beauty!

    Tasting notes to follow.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  17. Malcaracter Roble D.O. Ribera del Duero

    This Malcaracter Roble is also a natural wine, farmed organically. The Tempranillo grapes are hand harvested and fermented with their own yeast. The wine is aged in French and American oak for six months then bottled unfiltered. Good fruit with a little spice, well balanced with a nice palate weight, ideal with cheeses or similar fayre. Excellent value.

     

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.00
  18. Sequerciani Ciliegiolo sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    Sequerciani Ciliegiolo grapes which were previously blended with Sangiovese in their superb Libello, now used to produce a straight Ciliegiolo, fermented in concrete with no wood used.

    Big black fruit flavours, super smooth with good weight. This is excellent.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.99
  19. The Fledge & Co Elgin Chardonnay O Velhapi

    This is the maiden release for this amazing new wine! A cool climate Chardonnay from a tiny vineyard in Elgin.

    Leon produced just 1,320 bottles so we are extremely fortunate to have got a sizeable chunk of it!

    Barrel fermented and barrel matured, made in a very Burgundian style for South Africa. This will rival fine Burgundy on quality and blow it away on rarity and price!

    Surprisingly light in colour for a barrel fermented Chardonnay. Leon is quite right, this will benefit from some bottle ageing. It is very enjoyable now - I decanted it  to give it some air - but it will keep improving if you can lay it down for a few months (or even years). 

    It is full flavoured with some body and good mouthfeel. Very fresh and clean yet complex with a long finish.

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 33mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £22.99
  20. The Fledge & Co Red Blend

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    Hand harvested grapes, traditionally fermented in lagars then aged in oak for 30 months.

    This is a beauty. Big and powerful with red and black fruit flavours, wonderfully smooth with well integrated oak and natural acidity. Delicious on it's own or would pair well with red meats or casseroles.

    Highly recommended!

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 21mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £22.99
  21. The Fledge & Co Stellenbosch Cabernet

    This is the maiden release of this new artisan wine which Leon just launched in Johannesburg at the end of August. He produced just 1880 bottles.

    Leon says it is still tight so will benefit from decanting. 

    Delicious! Deep ruby opaque. Black fruit initially with some lighter red fruit toward the finish and integrated but noticeable oak. Good weight on the palate and super smooth. I decanted it to give it some air but I reckon it'd be a great wine to savour throughout an evening from freshly opened to fully aerated. Ideal in front of a log fire!

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 41mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £22.99
  22. Tampesta Golan Prieto Picudo D.O Tierra de Leon

    This artisan Tampesta Golan is again Prieto Picudo, this time aged in oak for 26 months. It is delicious and natural. Although aged for 26 months in oak it isn't overpowering as some Reservas can be, it is far more balanced and elegant.

    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.

    This is a library picture of the Roble as there are no professional images available yet as this is a brand new wine. Presentation is very similar though.

    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.50
  23. Santa Margherita Chiaretto DOC Stilrose

    James Suckling 90 Points

    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
  24. The Fledge & Co Syrah

    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.

    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.

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 25mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  25. The Fledge & Co Katvis Pinot Noir

     

     

    2017 just landed!

    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.

    This 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.

     

    Free sulphur: 21mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  26. 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!

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 34mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £15.95
  27. 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.

    Free sulphur: 34mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  28. 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. Big and round for a Sauvignon with bags of flavour, yet gentle natural acidity. This is a sophisticated wine suited to buttered seafood.

    All the Fledge wines are low sulphite, but we also wanted to mention that all the free SO2 readings were at bottling which will have reduced significantly since, so they will in fact be even lower than stated now.

    Free sulphur: 4mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  29. Cave de Cairanne Le Chene Givre Rose Cotes du Rhone Villages

    Brand new wine. 

    This rose is fantastic. Pale salmon in colour. Delicious red fruit flavours with a very long dry finish. Low sulphite as well. We don't have the official figures yet but Jane was able to drink it without triggering her sulphite allergy.

    It looks great too (this image doesn't do it justice). Amazing value at this price.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  30. Cave de Cairanne L'Insouciante Organic Cotes du Rhone Blanc
    Brand new wine to join the very popular Insouciante organic red (and the new rose too)

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £10.99
  31. Cave de Cairanne Organic Elegante Cairanne

     

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

     

    Free sulphur: 14

    Organic: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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

     

    A good quality organic Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu.

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  33. 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.

     

    Free sulphur: <7

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.00
  34. Cave de Cairanne La Reserve Cairanne Blanc

     

     

     

    We have just recieved the 2019 (with new presentation)

     

    The 2017 won

    Decanter Trophy Best in Show, 97 Points

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. Cave de Cairanne Vacqueyras

     

    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. 

    Free sulphur: 12

    Organic: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £18.95
  39. Cave de Cairanne Rasteau

     

    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. 

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.00
  40. 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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    £23.99
  41. Cuvee Joana Bodega Vagal D.O.P Valtiendas

    Bodega Vagal is a tiny artisan winery practising biodynamic methods (pending certification) roughly midway between Madrid and Logrono at altitude. They only make three wines and this Cuvee Joana is excellent. In fact I'd go further and say definitely try a bottle as it is something special. Beautifully made with power, grace and purity.

    Free sulphur: 18

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.50
  42. Malcaracter Limited D.O. Ribera del Duero

    This Malcaracter is a natural wine, farmed organically. The Tempranillo grapes are hand harvested and fermented with their own yeast. The wine is aged in oak for twelve months and bottled unfiltered. Fantastic.

     

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  43. Domaine D'Anglas Petit Roy Blanc Organic sulphite free wine

    D'Anglas Petit Roy Blanc is a brand new sulphite free white wine from Roger and Carole. It comes from a one hectare vineyard of Roussane and Marsanne producing under 2,500 bottles, so we were restricted on how much we could have.

    No wood used, aged in stainless steel tanks for three months. It underwent a light filtering.

    Fresh with some citrus on the palate. Good body too, soft with gentle acidity and a dry finish.

    Overall a very good sulphite free white, very easy to drink!

    Apologies for the photo shopped image!

    Free sulphur: >5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.00
  44. Rainbow's End Wooded Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

    Rainbow's End is one of my favourite wineries. This time Anton has aged some of his excellent Chenin Blanc in wood for a few months.

    Absolutely delicious! The wood has added some body and good mouthfeel. Ful of flavour yet still clean and fresh on the finish. This is excellent wine and very low sulphite too, so no ill effects or headaches etc.

    Highly recommended.

    Free sulphur: 22mg/l

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  45. 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 and we prefer to err on the side of caution. If you have a sulphite allergy try Leon's other Sauvignon Blanc - "Fume Blanc" which has just 4mg/l free SO2.

    Free sulphur: 43mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  46. Tinta Rosa D.O. Toro

    Rosa Maria Zarza is one of Toro's most respected winemakers. You may recall we previously listed wines from two wineries where she was the winemaker (Pago de Cubas and Bodega Contadero).

    Well here Rosa is making two wines from selected plots in her 50 year old family vineyard. 100% Tempranillo (Tinta de Toro). For this wine the assorted lots were aged in oak for three months.

    Great wine, tasting notes to follow.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £10.99
  47. Herederos Rioja Reserva

    Herederos farm biodynamically and inform us that all their wines are low in sulphites (under 30 ppm free SO2 in all of them). Delicious fruit with noticeable vanilla from the oak. Not a big hitter, far more elegance rather than power. Great balance and very smooth, and not over dry on the finish as many Riojas can be.

    Free sulphur: 18

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  48. Herederos Valcavada Rioja

    A fantastic new wine from this superb boutique winery in Rioja.

    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.

    Free sulphur: 16

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  49. Rainbows End Mystical Corner

    Rainbows End Mystical Corner is a blend this vintage consisting of Shiraz 6%, Malbec 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 66% and Petit Verdot 8%. It's a great wine as are all Rainbows End wines. Anton is an exceptional winemaker and Rainbows End iis a tiny family winery so they are able to make wines the way they choose rather than to fit a specific commercial market. Hence an unusual blend like this, at a great price which is so high quality it the previous vintage was awarded Michaelangelo Awards highest rank of Double Gold! We await awards info for this vintage just released.

    Fantastic once again, in my opinion the best vintage to date. Big, full and round without being too heavy. Black fruit with integrated oak, nice and smooth with red fruits coming through on the finish.

    This is an excellent low sulphite red at an affordable price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.99
  50. Rainbows End Cabernet Sauvignon

    2018 just landed. Already awarded Robert Parker 89 points.  2017 was awarded

    National Wine Championships - Champion, Double Gold

    Nominated for Platter 5 Stars

    Rainbows End Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous Cabernet. Rainbows End is one of the finest artisan red wine producers in Stellenbosch, and now also makes some very good Chenin Blanc too. Anton Malan's winemaking is exceptional. He puts in a lot of hard work such as handpicking at dawn and manually punching down of the ferment several times a day, which is richly rewarded when you taste his wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent - powerful and opulent, with weight on the palate balanced by good acidity and a purity that comes from absolute minimal use of additives.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.00
  51. Rainbows End Cabernet Franc

    We have just received fresh stock of the 2017 which has already been awarded:

    NWC National Champion - Double Gold, Cab Franc Challenge 2019 - Gold, Parker 90+

     

    No doubt there will be plenty more awards to follow as this wine is superb and is listed at some of South Africa's finest restaurants such as La Petit Colombe, Jardine, Shortmarket Club. 

     

    This Rainbows End Cabernet Franc is fantastic. Anton makes some of the best red wines in Stellenbosch and it is his Cabernet Franc that he is most proud of, believing his vineyards have the ideal microclimate for this variety. Anton also produces other excellent award winning red wines including blends, straight Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a superb Merlot.

    Very pure, medium bodied with red fruit flavours, very smooth and beautifully balanced. Subtle oak ageing for 12 months, then bottled unfiltered to retain all the flavour and natural goodness. Great wine.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  52. La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco

    La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco is a delicious full bodied rounded wine with plenty of fruit and a great overall balance. Made properly without added tartaric acid, La Selva have relied purely on the quality of the grapes and their natural acidity to produce this delicious healthy wine. Lovely on it's own and great with seafood too.

    This wine is excellent and highly recommended.

    Free sulphur: 30

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  53. Anadigna Albarino Fudre D.O Rias Baixas

    A new wine in a different style! Just 2600 bottles produced.

    It is very floral on the nose. Complex flavours, again quite floral with a very long dry finish. Full body and good mouthfeel yet with refeshing acidity.

    Reminded me very much of Grand Cru Alsace Gewurztraminer.

     

    Free sulphur: 29

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £18.00
  54. 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
  55. 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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    £17.99
  56. Cara Sur Tinto 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
  57. 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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    £19.99
  58. 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
  59. 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: 15

    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
  60. Anadigna Albarino Sobre Lias D.O Rias Baixas

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

    Just moved onto the 2018 vintage. 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: 33

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.96

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