Red Wine

As you will probably know the wine world is divided up into "old world" and "new world" countries. Old world consists of mainland Europe - France, Spain, Italy, Germany etc, while New World consists mainly of the regions colonised by European settlers such as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, although the South African wine insustry dates back to the mid 17th century so "new" could be a misleading term. This sector is ever expanding with new emerging regions such as Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and these days even India and China.

So there is a lot to choose from! The UK is regarded as the "shop window" of the world and most producers want their goods on sale here. And as the UK has no history of producing quality wines there is no allegiance to traditional regions or styles over here, giving every wine an equal chance to shine on it's own merits. Hence the UK wine market is probably the most diverse in the world.

Naturally we assume more choice is a good thing. But with a subject as vast and confusing as red wine there is such a thing as too much choice. Most UK consumers find selecting the right red wine amid the myriad of different retailers and brands a very challenging experience. Unfortunately the UK is flooded with poor quality wine, driven by low supermarket prices and some of the highest excise duty rates in the world - the UK pays over 40% of all the excise duty of the entire European Union! This means a cheap wine in mainland Europe costing three Euros, would cost you more like £8.99 by the time it is on sale in a UK off license - three times as much!

Most retailers, whether supermarkets, grocery chains, off licenses or even independent retailers end up sourcing factory produced wines made on a large scale, with large quantities of additives, driven by price, so finding a good bottle of wine amongst them is like finding a needle in a haystack. This is where we come in. We are a small privately owned, fiercely independent business specialising in sourcing only good quality wines, made properly by people (not machines), with minimal if any additives. We buy the vast majority of our red wines direct from small family owned wineries, and pass the savings onto our customers.

That means you get great quality wines at the right price, our small family wineries get their wines to market, and hopefully we make a profit in the middle which we reinvest into sourcing more great wines. We only sell GOOD WINES so every wine on our site is good, many are exceptional. Most have at least one award, many are multi gold medal winners. So you can be confident of getting a good bottle regardless of which country or region you choose. Many of our really tiny artisan wineries don't actually enter their wines for awards as they produce so little, but these are also sourced on their merits and are excellent wines.

Here is a guide to help you decide where to start looking.

Argentina

Our boutique producers make some truly world class red wines. Malbec is the signature grape as it flourishes in Argentina producing wines in a big, bold and punchy style not found in the old world. There is a move toward more restrained styles now but there are still plenty of big blockbusting Malbecs out there if you know where to look. They also make exceptional "Bordeaux blends" and great single varietal reds. Look out for "Tannat" and Bonarda as other favourites from here.

Australia

The best regions are around Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills (at the bottom of Australia in the middle). Margaret River south of Perth is widely regarded but personally I find these red wines too expensive for their quality. The Australian dollar is particularly strong so Aussie wines aren't great value at the moment. We struggle with their whites too as we like to source only wines with low sulphite content and we just can't seem to find them in Australia. The reds from Barossa and Adelaide can be very good though, particularly Shiraz whether on it's own or in a blend.

Chile

Famous for quality wines at an affordable price. We don't currently import from Chile as it's a difficult country to deal directly with. We have some decent wines from Aresti and Undurraga but Chile is not a focus of ours.

France

We don't get involved with the established regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy. These sectors are very well catered for already, and in truth I find the red wines to be very disappointing value for money. I would much rather have a Bordeaux blend from South Africa or Argentina than one from Bordeaux - it will be half the price and twice as good! But we do like France for natural wines and we import exclusively from several wineries along the south coast producing excellent organic and sulphite free wines.

Italy

In my opinion Italy makes some of the best wines in the world. It is also the world's largest producer by volume. There is a vast array of different grapes and styles from cool climate Pinot Nero in the snowy north to hot weather Primitivo in the south. Italian red wine labels are very difficult to understand for the amateur enthusiast as most Italian wines are named after their region rather than grape varieties. We have beautiful top quality Amarones from Veneto, from world class producers like Zenato and Campagnola. Superb Tuscans from La Selva and Casanova di Neri - I could go on and on as there is a wealth of great wines on our Italian page. Read through it for yourself.

New Zealand

Famous for Pinot Noir, but also getting more acclaim for heavier reds like Syrah, subject to it coming from the right region of course. I find their red wines a bit too manipulated for my personal taste, with the exception of the real top end like Jurassic Ridge on Waiheke Island, but I am particularly fussy on purity. The New Zealand dollar is very strong so we have stopped importing from here foe the forseeable future as the wines are simply not value for money at the present time.

South Africa

A country producing exceptional wines. There are roughly 1600 wineries in South Africa, many of them small and family owned, with the wine industry dating back to the 1600s. The reputation of SA red wines has suffered due to the poor quality mass produced plonk flooding our high streets, but get onto their top boutique wines and they stand right up there with the best from the rest of the world. We import from about ten top quality boutique family owned wineries, and these wines are amongst the best on our site. The Rand is weak so South Africa is easily the best value of all the new world countries at present, and in my opinion produces some of the best wines in the new world.

Spain

Famous for red wine of course as one of the biggest producers in the world. Rioja is their most famous region but that has been surpassed by Ribera del Duero for quality which in turn is finding fierce competition from emerging regions such as Toro and Bierzo. Tempranillo is their signature grape but there are also significant plantings of Cabernet, Merlot and Grenache as well as native Spanish grapes, which are often blended with Tempranillo. We are now importing directly from a dozen tiny artisan Spanish wineries. These wines tend to be made naturally with minimal additives, and are not only delicious but also great value for money too.

USA

California is their biggest red wine region but there are other emerging regions on the east coast. We specialise in sulphite free wines and import directly from Frey Winery, the USA's oldest organically certified winery.

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  1. Calcu Carmenere Reserva Especial

    Descorchados 90 Points

    A lovely wine from an artisan family winery producing wines in a natural style. The winery was built on a gravity feed system and uses pneumatic presses to extract only the best juice. They practice sustainable farming and winemaking. 

    Very deep opaque ruby, red fruit on the nose and big legs sticking to the side of the glass.

    Soft and silky on the palate with red and black fruit flavours, and good palate cleansing acidity on the long finish.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  2. Pacha Carmenere Reserva Vina Marty

    Ruby in colour with a very natural nose (reminiscent of Phillipe Viret's wines). Incidentally the name "Pach" means earth.

    Good fruit with balanced oak, soft and round with earthy notes and a hint of residual sugar on the finish.

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    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  3. Corazon Del Indio Blend

    This is superb.

    Deep ruby in colour. Big fruit, bold and punchy nicely tempered by the oak. It's very smooth with gentle acidity.

    Highly recommended.

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    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.49
  4. Mariposa Alegre Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva

    A lovely wine in that typical Chilean style. Aged in oak for 8 months.

    The wine is soft with cherry flavours, very smooth with a dry finish.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  5. Little Quino Pinot Noir William Fevre

    Descorchados 93 Points

    A fantastic Pinot Noir, reminiscent of good Martinborough Pinot from New Zealand.

    Light ruby in colour, mid weight on the palate. Cherry and plum flavours, smooth with balanced gentle acidity. This is unoaked to retain the freshness and fruit. It is very good indeed!

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.49
  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. Primitivo di Manduria San Gaetano Celebration Cantine due Palme

    Luca Maroni  91 Points

    Another very good wine from Cantine due Palme. Named "celebration" and bottled in a heavyweight bottle to reflect it's quality.

    Big, full flavoured and velvet smooth. Great with virtually any food or just to enjoy on it's own by the fire.

     

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £13.99
  8. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir Leyda

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential.

     

    We are on the 2016. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  9. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential.

    This Cabernet is from Pirque, one of the coldest regions in the Alto Maipo.

    Hand harvested grapes, low intervention winemaking and aged 12 months in French oak.This is made in a more elegant cool climate (European) style rather than big blockbusting Chile. It's very good, super smooth, and delicious.

    We are on the 2015. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  10. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Carmenere Peumo

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential. This Carmenere is from Peumo, Chile's premium area for Carmenere due to it's high temperatures combined with coastal influence which increases natural acidity.

    The wine is excellent. Typical Chilean nose with big red fruit flavours initially. The palate is silky smooth with balanced acidity and oak. It's a classical wine, very enjoyable.

    We are on the 2015. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  11. Frey Organic Pinot Noir

    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
  12. 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
  13. Incredulo D.O. Toro

    Delighted to have just received stock of the 2014

    This is a big powerful wine, natural and pure with great overall balance. Big flavours with some vanilla coming thrrough on the finish - fantastic! Get some whle you can.

    This is a tiny winery of "friends" who make just two wines (plus the Family Seleccion in exceptional years) so we are very lucky to have got hold of some of this again this year!

     

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £17.95
  14. Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon (88%) Merlot (12%) aged in oak for 34 months.

    We are on the 2008

     

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £21.95
  15. Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot

    Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot is a great aged Bordeaux blend from Jeremy Walker. Jeremy ages all his wines on site at the winery for many years, and typically only releases them once they're at least ten years old! He is the only South African I know of making wines like this. The results are excellent. Big powerful wines, supoer smooth and fully integrated as the blend has had years to settle. Grangehurst wines are quite an experience and highly recommended. This Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot is full bodied and super smooth, drinking beautifully.

    We are on the 2007.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.49
  16. Rainbows End Shiraz

    NWC National Champion - Double Gold, Platter 4.5 Stars, Robert Parker 90+

    Every vintage wins best Shiraz in Stellenbosch.

    Rainbows End Shiraz has very quickly set the benchmark for quality Shiraz in Stellenbosch and indeed for South Africa. It's a winning combination of top quality wine at a reasonable price. Many of the best and most famous South African red wines fetch a real premium, so for Anton at Rainbows End being a relative newcomer, he has introduced his wines at affodable prices. Not only has his Shiraz won multiple awards each vintage but so has his Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and his blends. Without doubt Rainbows End is one of the best and best value wineries in Stellenbosch.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.95
  17. Rainbows End Merlot

    National Wine Championships - Champion, Double Gold

    Platter 4.5 Stars

    New, more 2017 just in!!! We have been waiting for this as it is one of our personal favourites. Always winning awards every year, this is one of the finest Merlots produced in South Africa.

    Rainbows End Merlot is regarded by Neil Pendock of the Platter Guide as one of the best in South Africa, and I have to agree. The 2014 was exceptional as was the 2015 and 2016. We have just received stock of the 2017. Rainbows End is one of my favourite wineries and this Merlot is one of my favourite wines. This is well worth trying to see for yourself just how good top quality South African Merlot can be.

    Free sulphur: 24mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.94
  18. 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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    £19.94
  19. Rainbows End Cabernet Franc

    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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    £21.95
  20. Joubert Tradauw Redfin Pinot Noir

    Joubert Tradauw Redfin Pinot Noir is a top South African Pinot Noir made in a very French style! Ruby in colour. Savoury in style, very "Burgundian" old world. I've never before found a South African Pinot Noir made in such a convincing old world style. We've just received the 2016.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £21.95
  21. Joubert Tradauw R62 Blend

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    Joubert Tradauw R62.

    Meyer Joubert normally keeps the blend in this wine a closely guarded secret  as it changes each vintage, but he has been open this year that it is a straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Great wine, very natural in style and low in additives. Highly recommended.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.00
  22. Joubert Tradauw Syrah

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    Joubert Tradauw Syrah is a superb natural Syrah, farmed organically (although not certified) and fermented with the grapes own natural yeasts. It's full of red and black fruit flavours, a little white pepper and a long lingering finish. This is a great wine from a true artisan winemaker. Very low in additives of course and bottled unfiltered.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £18.00
  23. Salice Salentino Riserva DOC Leone de Castris

    Just moved onto the 2015

    Leone de Castris is one of the region's top wineries, established in 1665. They make some excellent wines which are great value. The previous vintage was awarded Tre Bicchieri by Gambero Rosso. Fantastic value wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99
  24. Selvarossa Riserva DOC Salice Salentino Cantine due Palme

    Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri - every vintage since 2004

    Selvarossa Riserva, Cantine due Palme is one of the best reds to come out of Southern Italy, regularly being awarded Gambero Rosso's highest accolade of Tre Bicchieri. I've been stocking it for years and every vintage has been superb. It's a big powerful warming red with sweet tannins. Super smooth.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  25. Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli

    Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli. A superb Chianti winning Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri for several vintages.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £20.99
  26. Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia

    Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia is a superb limited production Chianti Riserva from Rocca di Castagnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £20.99
  27. Chianti Classico Capraia

    Chianti Classico Capraia is a superb Chianti from the owners of Rocca di Castgnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.80
  28. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva is a top class Chianti Riserva from the Livon family. Absolutely superb wine in a more powerful style with more wood ageing than their Classico Chianti.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  29. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg - absolutely superb, having picked up Gambero Rosso's highest award of Tre Bicchieri.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £15.95
  30. Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola

    Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola is a delicious smooth easy drinking Ripasso wine, perfect with red meat dishes.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £12.49
  31. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola is one of the finest Valpolicellas produced. It is a superb wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.00
  32. Ripassa Zenato

    James Suckling 93 points

    Sommelier Wine Awards - Gold

    Ripassa Zenato is a powerful wine with sweet fruit initially, balanced by more savoury mid palate flavours and a long finish. It's very smooth, and like all good Italian wines is superb with food. This one from Zenato is often referred to as "baby Amarone" and is certainly better than many co-operative produced or supermarket listed Amarones out there. While Zenato are very highly regarded for all their wines, particularly their Amarones, they are the undisputed Ripassa champions with this wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  33. Harewood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    94 Points - James Halliday

    A good quality aged Cabernet still showing good fruit.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £12.95
  34. Sequerciani Aleatico Passito 375ml

    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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    £19.99
  35. Sequerciani Foglia Tonda sulphite free wine

    More on order - Sequerciani are bottling the new vintage now so fresh stock should be here by mid July.

    Foglia Tonda is an old Tuscan grape dating back to the 1800s. Similar to Sangiovese, although later ripening, but producing significantly more grapes per plant, hence Sequerciani crop the plants back dramatically in July leaving only the best bunches to ripen.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £20.95
  36. Atamisque Catalpa Assemblage

    Tim Atkin 93 Points, 2016

    This is the beautiful Bordeaux blend from their second tier range "Catalpa". Atamisque is a relatively new winery founded in 2007 by a French couple with family wine connections in Burgundy, aiming to produce exceptional wines in a natural manner. The winery was designed on a gravity feed system and all grapes are handpicked, two systems for minimising chemical intervention.

    "The Atamisque reds are distinguished by their perfume and fine-grained tannins. This blend of Cabernet Franc with 20% Merlot and 10% each of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception, featuring subtle oak, grassy yet ripe flavours, bright acidity and a long, tapering palate."

    93 / 100 Tim Atkin ARGENTINA 2016 Special Report

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £18.95
  37. Domaine Mayrac Organic Diletante Syrah

    Gold Medal - Milesime Bio

    Domaine Myrac Diletante Rouge is a complex Syrah with flavours of dark chocolate followed by mint. Very smooth and balanced. Fully organic and very low in sulphur, this is a genuine artisan wine from this excellent organic family owned winery. This wine is lovely.

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.00
  38. La Selva Organic Morellino di Scansano Colli del Uccellina Riserva DOCg

    Wine Spectator 90 Points

    90 points Wine Enthusiast

    90 points Guida Veronelli

    2 glasses Gambero Rosso

    A fantastic sangiovese blend from this very highly rated DOCg. 8 months in French barriques. 

    Free sulphur: 17

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  39. La Selva Organic Prima Causa

    La Selva Organic Prima Causa is a delicious oak aged Bordeaux blend. Fantastic wine, and of course genuinely organic and healthy too.

    Free sulphur: 8mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.99
  40. La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo

    La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo is a lovely wine. Soft cherry flavours followed by strong vanilla. Very smooth and balanced. Delicious and highly recommended!

    Free sulphur: 7mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.95
  41. Costes Cirgues Bois du Roi sulphite free wine

    Deep opaque purple in colour. This is a big wine and is best decanted as it really opens up given some time to breathe. Big black fruit flavours, velvet mouth feel and soft tannins. This vintage is excellent once again.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £17.99
  42. Domaine D'Anglas Le Petit Roy sulphite free wine

    A very good wine and one of our most popular sulphite free reds. Not too heavy as the grapes are lightly pressed to avoid too much tannin, so this will go well with virtually any food from roast chicken to pizza to a BBQ. It's soft, smooth and mellow with gentle acidity.

    We have maintained our old prices for D'Anglas despite currency pressure and a winery price increase, so this is great value.

     

     

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.00
  43. Domaine Viret Les Colonnades sulphite free wine

    A big powerful blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan aged in barriques for 24 months.

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £22.99
  44. Domaine Viret Sylibre

    A one off Cuvee from Philippe. This is a parcel of Syrah that he aged in vat for several years before bottling. It's a big powerful wine.

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.99
  45. Domaine Viret Renaissance sulphite free wine

    Perhaps Philippe's most successful wine. A beautiful, powerful blend aged only in concrete to preserve the natural fruit flavours. Nothing added and nothing taken away.

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  46. Domaine Viret Energie sulphite free wine

    This year Philippe has only made the one "Energie" wine. Previously there was Energie Yin and Energie Yang, but no longer. The wine is better than ever, this time being 100% Syrah fermented and aged in concrete tanks to retain all the fruit purity. Obviously the wine has Philippe's trademark natural style. Thoroughly delicious!

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  47. Domaine Viret Solstice sulphite free wine

    A great introduction to Viret wines. Fruity, earthy, very natural in style. No added acid (or anything else) of course so it harmonises with the body and quickly becomes really "moreish"!

     

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  48. Domaine Viret MPN sulphite free wine

    This is Philippe's lightest wine. A soft, light blend which can be drunk chilled if required.

    Free sulphur: <5mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £14.99
  49. Frey Organic Zinfandel sulphite free wine

    Frey's notes state:

    Zinfandel has been planted in Mendocino County, California, since the 1800s; the benchland soils and dry Mediterranean climate produce plentiful, hearty grapes. Our Zinfandel has bramble berry aromas, and is fruit-forward with a spicy finish. Pair with cheese manicotti or Moroccan lamb and dolmas.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis: pending

    Silver: 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  50. Frey Organic Syrah

    Frey's notes state:

    Our Syrah is rich and full-bodied with a deep garnet hue. Lush, round tannins give the wine a solid structure that is softened by notes of plum and cocoa. Enjoy with dark chocolate, blue cheese, or roasted meats.
     

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 1ppm.

    Silver & “Highly Recommended:” 2020 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    Bronze: 2019 Dan Berger's International Wine Competition

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  51. Frey Organic Agriculturist Red Blend sulphite free wine
    Frey's notes state:
     
    An approachable blend of family-farmed grapes. Bright garnet hue with a sturdy structure and grippy character that has a remarkable ability to pair with most foods. Gather around the table or fireside and enjoy a smooth, lingering finish.
     
    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 1ppm.
     
    Silver: 2020 San Francisco International Wine Competition
    "Good," 2020 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  52. Frey Organic Sangiovese sulphite free wine

    Frey's notes state:

    Vigorous Sangiovese vines thrive in our Home Ranch vineyard. Hot days and cool nights ripen the fruit to perfection and yield a wine that is medium bodied with rich fruit and gentle tannins. Pair with minestrone soup, tomato gratin, or chocolate desserts.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0 ppm.
     
    Silver: 2018 Great American International Wine Competition
    Bronze: 2018 International Women's Wine Competition
    Bronze: 2018 Global Wine Awards, Las Vegas
    Bronze: 2017 Harvest Challenge, Sonoma County, California
    "Good," 2019 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  53. Frey Organic Merlot sulphite free wine
    Frey's notes state:
    Our 2018 Merlot is velvety and smooth.  Supple flavors of cassis and cedary plum meld with soft tannins to create a luscious, silky expression. Pair with linguine with lemon-herb gremolata, blue-veined cheeses, or your favorite chocolate.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 1 ppm.
     

    GOLD: 2020 TheFiftyBest.com, Best Merlots
    Silver, & "Highly Recommended," 2020 Beverage Testing Inst., World Wine Championships
    Silver: 2020 West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
    Silver: 2019 Dan Berger's International Wine Competition
    "Good," 2020 Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    Bronze: 2019 New Orleans International Wine Competition

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    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  54. Frey Organic Cabernet Sauvignon sulphite free wine

    Frey#s notes state:

    Our Cabernet is rich and earthy with flavors of plum and chocolate, a graceful tannic structure, and a robust finish. Best paired with bold, flavorful foods that match its depth of flavor and aroma. Enjoy with wild mushroom ragout, roasted rack of lamb, or flourless chocolate cake.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm.

    Silver: 2020 West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
    Silver: 2020 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
    Silver, & "Highly Recommended," 2020 Beverage Testing Inst., World Wine Championships
    Silver: 2019 International Women's Wine Competition, Sonoma, California
    Silver: 2019 Critics Challenge, San Diego International Wine Competition
    Silver: 2019 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
    Silver & “Highly Recommended:” 2019 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    "Very Good," 2019 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £19.99
  55. Maquis Lien

    94 Points Descorchados

    92 Points james Suckling

    92 Points Robert Parker

    Maquis is a superb artisan family winery at the confluence of two rivers at the feet of the Andes. This "Lien" was their only wine for the first five years but they have sinced introduced others. It's a fantastic blend, made in a natural style.

    Typical big Chilean nose. In the mouth it is soft and very smooth, elegant and perhaps more savoury than powerful and punchy.

    It's a great wine as you can see from it's awards.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £22.00
  56. Le Quai à Raisins Belvedere

    Brand new wine - tasting notes to follow

    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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    £21.95
  57. 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
  58. Le Quai à Raisins Lopin

    A new red from Robin Althof from Costes Cirgues and his wife Imogen.

     

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £23.50
  59. 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
  60. 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

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