White Wines

The initial part of this introduction is the same as the one on our REDS page, but the country descriptions further down refer directly to the white wines from each country.

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 wine there is such a thing as too much choice. Most UK consumers find selecting the right white 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 white wines, made properly by people (not machines), with minimal if any additives. We buy the vast majority of our white 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

Their signature grape is Torrontes which makes floral aromatic dry white wines. There are some innovative producers who now barrel ferment this grape to produce fuller more rounded wines, and some who make late harvest dessert wines from this grape too. But don't overlook Argentina for great fresh Sauvignons and good oaked Chardonnays as they can be high quality at low prices.

Australia

As we can't find any whites low in enough in sulphites we don't currently offer any white wines from here.

Chile

Great Sauvignon if from the right area - avoid EVERYTHING from the Central Valley though as this is all rubbish. We don't stock anything from this region. Some good Chardonnays too and cool climate Gewurztraminer.

France

Again we avoid the expensive areas. We have good barrel fermented organic Chardonnay from Limoux, and other good sulphite free or organic whites from along the south coast. We don't offer anything from Burgundy, the Loire or Bordeaux as we believe these regions are already well catered for in the UK and they don't offer value for money.

Italy

Again some sensational whites from this country. We have stunning barrel fermented Chardonnays from right up in the Alto Adige to right down the bottom in Sicily. Plus world class Sauvignons, world class Gavi, the best Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita, Vermentino and a whole host of other whites such as Lugana and Soave. And many top class sparkling wines too.

New Zealand

Sorry - we have stopped importing directly from New Zealand and we are aware this area is now a weakness for us but do take a look a our exceptional Sauvignons from South Africa. We have only a handful of NZ whites which we source through UK importers.

South Africa

We are hoping our disappointed New Zealand fans will try some of the world class whites from here instead, such as Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc. In South Africa, if you avoid the big producers, you can find top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It's not just Chenin Blanc anymore, They also make some good blends, and some very good dessert wines too. And again these wines are great value.

Spain

Spain used to have a reputation for making poor quality flabby whites, but since the introduction of much better technology and facilities it is now producing some excellent examples, particularly from Rueda and Ribeiro. The whites we have sourced are real handcrafted boutique wines which are not only superb wines but also exceptional value for money. They tend to be made from native Spanish grapes which many Brits have never heard of, but please give them a try as there is a wealth of great white wines coming from Spain these days.

USA

Again we concentrate on sulphite free whites from Fey winery.

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  1. Goutte D'Argent Sauvignon Blanc

    Descorchados 94 Points

    A unique wine!

    These sauvignon grapes were fermented with Sake yeast - Vina Marty is the only winemaker outside Japan permitted to use it.

    The wine is clear gold in colour with legs and a complex nose. Big concentrated flavours with a very long finish.

    This is a special wine.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  2. Little Quino Sauvignon Blanc William Fevre

    Descorchados 93 Points

    This is a great artisan wine produced in the Malleco Valley which is just about as far south as wine country goes in Chile.

    Pale gold in colour with a lychee nose. Reminded me very much of good Awatere Valley Sauvignon. It has big concentrated fruit flavours with gentle natural acidity (rare in sauvignon blanc) and a very long dry finish.

    A great summer wine, also will pair well with food.

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  3. 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 with notes of citrus. Full body and good mouthfeel, noticeable oak yet with refeshing acidity.

    This is somewhere between a clean oaked chardonnay and a bone dry Alsace Reisling. If you're after something more mainstream in style stick to Carlos's fantastic white label Albariño.  

     

    Free sulphur: 29

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £18.00
  4. Frey Organic Viognier sulphite free wine

    A new wine for us this year.

    Frey's notes state:

    Succulent flavors of Asian pear and custard apple lead to a creamy mouthfeel in our richly textured, gold-medal winning Viognier.  Its fresh and lively character pairs well with a soft-ripened cheese plate or Creole-spiced prawns.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 10ppm.

    GOLD & “Exceptional:” 2018 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    Bronze: 2018 International Women's Wine Competition
    "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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.

    Free sulphur: 30mg/l

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  8. 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
  9. Tampesta Maneki D.O Tierra de Leon

    Pequenas D.O - Gold Medal

    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
  10. 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
  11. Gladstone Pinot Gris

    This is their flagship range Pinot Gris, not to be confused with their junior "Jealous Sisters" or "12000 miles" ranges. There are quite a few reviews and awards dotted about for the Jealous Sisters 2014 but I can't find any reviews for this wine as it is much more limited. It is very good however.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £12.95
  12. Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc

    Gold Medal TheFiftyBest.com April 2016

    Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015

    Gladstone is a fantastic boutique winery in Wairarapa in the Martinborough region, at the bottom of North Island up in the hills to the east of Wellington. This Sauvignon from their flagship "Gladstone" range is fantastic. Extensively lees aged for body, complexity and longevity. It is full of tropical fruit yet with a real mineral streak on the back palate. It is very good indeed.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.99
  13. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio DOC Valdadige

    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is one of Italy's very best, and best known Pinot Grigios, hailing from the premier Valdadige region, and was responsible for starting the worldwide interest in this Italian variety. Santa Margherita are one of Italy's best known and most prestigious wineries. This Pinot Grigio is excellent with full flavour, good body and a crisp finish.

     

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £12.95
  14. Sauvignon Blanc Lahn St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige

    Expovina - Silver Medal

    St Michael Eppan is one of Italy's finest wineries. It's a cooperative of around 340 individual growers all with tiny vineyard parcels totalling something like 360 hectares. They pool the grapes and have the priviledge of Hanz Terzer, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world, making their wines!

    This wine is excellent, not far off their legendary Sanct Valentin Sauvignon in quality.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.96
  15. Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Oro Gold DOCG 75cl

    A very good Gavi at an affordable price from La Scolca, Gavi's most acclaimed producer.

    This "Gold" is very pale in colour with green highlights. Swirl it around and you'll see legs sticking to the side of the glass hinting at the body in the wine. It is indeed full in the mouth and rounded with pear flavours, and a peachy lift on the finish from the wine's natural acidity.

    This is lovely wine well suited to buttered fish or creamy pasta. 

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.00
  16. Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Bobo DOCG White Label

    Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

    This Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Bobo White Label is a delicious wine, rich and full flavoured with great length. Enjoy it with food. 

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99
  17. Chardonnay Santa Cristina Garda DOC

    Fantastic Chardonnay. Clean, full bodied, fresh and delightful.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.99
  18. Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Torrontes Late Harvest 50cl

    Bodegas El Porvenir de Los Andes Torrontes Late Harvest is a delicious, rich dessert wine packed with flavour, without being too heavy or viscous.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.96
  19. 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 there will be a little sediment in the bottle as the wine is unfiltered  lovely flavours with good body and a slightly nutty finish. The previous vintage was good and this is even 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
  20. Domaine Mayrac Organic Diletante Blanc

    Silver - Milesime Bio

    A complex aromatic blend of Chenin and Rousanne. Full in the mouth with good body. Lovely full soft flavours and a long lingering finish. This wine is excellent.

    Free sulphur: 23mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.00
  21. Domaine Mayrac Organic Savoir Etre Blanc

    This wine has been renamed and used to be their Milesime Blanc.

    A delicious blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (and Mauzac) aged in oak. Light in colour with a fresh nose. Citrus fruits on the palate, yet full and creamy in the mouth with noticeable oak. Plenty of body but very clean and fresh on the finish.

     

     

     

     

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.49
  22. La Selva Organic Vermentino

    La Selva Organic Vermentino Maremma DOC. Vermentino is Tuscany's signature white grape and has carried DOC status in Maremma since 2011 reflecting it's superior quality.

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £12.49
  23. Frey Organic Agriculturist White sulphite free wine

    The first year for this new release. A white blend, Frey's notes state:

    A honeysuckle nose delights with refreshing tropical fruit flavors, nuanced by starfruit and lychee. Gather around the picnic blanket or fire pit and enjoy this cheerful, versatile blend.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  24. Frey Chardonnay sulphite free wine

    The ever popular lightly wooded Chardonnay. An ideal summer drink or pair it with white meats, salads or smoked duck.

    Frey's notes state:

    Our Chardonnay is stainless steel fermented and exposed to minimal oak. It is fruity with bright hints of apple, pear and caramel. Enjoy with Pumpkin Risotto, Honey glazed Carrots or Scalloped Potatoes.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis: 0ppm.
     
    Silver & “Best Buy:” 2019 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    Bronze: 2019 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
  25. Frey Organic Natural White sulphite free wine

    This is a great introduction to sulphite free whites and to Frey's wines of course. It's got bags of flavour and a slightly nutty dry finish. Equally lovely on it's own or with some food.

    Frey's notes state

    A bright and crisp dry white wine filled with pleasant flavors of ripe melons and pear. This excellent wine is a pleasure to both purse and palate.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £12.50
  26. Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc sulphite free wine

    Frey's notes state

    Our climate ripens Sauvignon Blanc grapes with hot days and cool nights, making wines that have tropical aromas of pineapple and passion fruit with a lemony finish and gentle acidity.  This wine is bright and clear and is excellent with spicy coconut lemongrass soup, sushi, or a Sunday brunch.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis: 5ppm.
     
    Silver: 2020 West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
    "Good," 2020 Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    Bronze, & "Recommended," 2020 Beverage Testing Inst., World Wine Championships

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £14.99
  27. Boplaas Gamka Branca

    4 1/2 stars Platter Wine Guide

     Tim Atkins – 91 points

    Given the huge success with their flagship Gamka red, Margaux opted to produce a classic white Cape Blend too.

    It's a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Grenache blanc, Verdelho & Chenin Blanc from different regions - Elgin, Stellenbosch, Swartland and Klein Karro, so pretty much the entire Western Cape.

    It was both barrel fermented and barrel matured on the lees for nine months. Bottled unfined and unflitered to retain the goodness.

    Pale gold in colour with wonderful clarity. Full in the mouth with a melange of fruit flavours, delicate balanced acidity and a very long bone dry finish. This is a great wine!

    Only 1400 bottles produced!

     

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  28. Luna de Hiriart Blanco
    A new release for this winery - hence no decent photo available. Excellent of course. Tasting notes to follow.

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.95
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Le Quai à Raisins Embrums

    A brand new white from Robin & Imogen. 100% organic Macabeu having had 12 months in oak.

    Please note this wine does say "contains sulphites" on the label as it is just over the 10ppm total sulphites limit. However it's total sulphites are extremely low and it will be fine even if you have a sulphite allergy. Normally we wouldn't list it on this page, just on our organic page, but we have put it here so fans of Robins wines can find it.

    We only have 96 bottles in total.

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £23.50
  33. 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
  34. Le Quai à Raisins Meridional

    A new wine from a new venture! Robin Althof from Costes Cirgues and his wife Imogen are making small batches of their own excellent wines from different parcels of grapes from friends' vineyards. Obviously they are organically farmed. 

    This wine was fermented part in stainless steel and part in French oak where it remained on the lees for 8 months.

    Pale gold with green highlights. Some light legs. Initial citrus flavours with a good mouthfeel. Soft, round and balanced with a clean, crisp finish. It's very difficult to get crisp acidity in a sulphite free white so Robin has added a tiny amount of sulphites at bottling. This is perhaps the closest in style to mainstream whites I've tasted.

    This wine contains a total of 19 mg/l total sulphites - technically too high to be classed as "sulphite free" for which the limit is no more than 10 mg/l. But this is extremely low and the wine is still suitable for people with a sulphite allergy. Hence we have put it on our sulphite free wines page (as well as our organic page) so our regular customers who buy Robin's other wines and wines from his family's brand Costes Cirgues, are aware of it's existence.

    We have a limited stock of 156 bottles.

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £18.95
  35. Jean Daneel Signature Chenin

    Jean Daneel is one of South Africa's finest winemakers, known as "the father of Chenin".

    The grapes were sourced from assorted old vineyards (35 years plus) in Malmesbury, Perdeberg, Stellenbosch and Darling, all dry farmed unirrigated. Barrel fermented and matured for 12 months with 20% new oak.

     

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  36. Domaine Mayrac Esprit Nature Chenin Blanc sulphite free wine

    Domaine Mayrac have introduced two new sulphite free wines to their Esprit Nature range - this Chenin Blanc and also a Rose.

    This Esprit Nature Chenin is a step up in quality from their No SO2 Chenin, being a little fuller and richer in flavour with a longer finish. It's grown at altitude giving the wine a lovely freshness.

    Please note it is bottled unfiltered so will have some natural sediment, making the wine a little darker in colour. This is perfectly normal and doesn't affect the flavour of the wine.

     

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    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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  37. 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
  38. Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    This Joubert Tradauw Chardonnay is a beauty. Joubert Tradauw is a superb tiny family winery in the Little Karoo, producing some excellent handcrafted wines in a natural style. Meyer Joubert farms organically (although not certified) and uses minimal additives or manipulation in the cellar. This Chardonnay is superb, as are his red wines.

    Barrel fermented and left on the lees for 12 months to add body, weight and complexity. Initial citrus flavours with some vanilla, the oak is tempered and the whole wine has great balance of fruit, oak and natural acidity.

    We are on the 2016 which Tim Atkin recommends drinking now through to 2023.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  39. Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Torrontes

     

    Bodegas El Porvenir de Los Andes Laborum Torrontes is a top quality Torrontes produced in tiny quantities by this boutique producer. 'Laborum' meaning 'from work' is the name allotted to their top wines, all hand made with a firm focus on producing the very best wine possible.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.00
  40. Costes Cirgues Font de Marinas Blanc sulphite free wine

    Font de Marinas is Costes Cirgues only white wine. Like all their wines, it is fully organic and sulphite free of course.

    They make tiny amounts of this wine - literally a couple of thousand bottles - and it has gathered quite a following hence the 2015 sold out before we could even get any. This 2017 has been partially fermented in oak to add body and complexity. We have managed to get just 120 bottles.

    Very good wine!

     

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: No

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  41. Domaine Viret La Coudee D'Or sulphite free wine

    A natural gourmet wine, big and rich. If you like something crisp and pale this isn't for you. This wine contains a slight sediment and has a vaguely pink colour from the skin of one of the grapes. Pair it with good French cheese and charcuterie and enjoy leisurely. Please don't order this wine if you don't like this style as it is exceptionally limited.

    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
  42. 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.

    Just moved onto the 2019. 



    Free sulphur: 22

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  43. Herederos 1808 Viura D.O.C. Rioja

    The Martinez family began producing wines in the beautiful town of Laguardia back in the 16th century. Today they are still there making these handcrafted wines in tiny quantities. Their total production is just 40,000 bottles per year. They practice sustainable methods, farm biodynamically and always ferment the grapes with their own natural yeasts. They produce some delicious outstanding wines.

    The grapes were all hand picked from forty year old vines. Very pale gold in colour. Hold your glass up to the light and you will see this wine has wonderful clarity. On the nose there's an array of citrus fruits and some delicate perfume. On the palate it has good weight with delicate elegant flavours. Fresh and complex, it very quickly grows on you! We loved it.

    Free sulphur: 11

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £12.95
  44. Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    Pinot Grigio Livon is a great example of quality Pinot Grigio from Collio, one of the best areas in all Italy for this grape. The Livon family are the biggest privately owned winery in the region consistently producing very high quality white wines in particular, although they also produce some good reds from local grapes such as Refosco.

    This Pinot Grigio is superb. Very pale in appearance yet full and round and full flavoured. This is very well made wine with a long finish. If you've never tried quality Pinot Grigio before this one from Livon is very highly recommended.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.50
  45. Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is a beauty. New world green fruit with old world body and style!

    This is a fantastic sauvignon from the excellent Livon winery. The region of Friuli produces some of Italy's best white wines, in a very fresh, cooler climate style, and this sauvignon is no exception. Coming from the Collio hills DOC at an altitude of 250m which borders Slovenia.

    Very pale in colour with green and gold highlights. Legs sticking to the side of the glass showing some body. Lovely big green fruit flavours with good acidity cleansing the palate. It's deliciously crisp and refreshing, very clean and natural in style with only minimal additives.

    For anybody who hasn't discovered Friulan white wines I highly recommend trying this. "New world fruit with old world heritage!".


    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.50
  46. Friulano Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    Friulano Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is an excellent example of this local grape. The Collio DOC is one of Italy's most prestigious regions for producing quality white wines, and Livon are one of the areas top wineries, and in fact the region's largest family owned winery

    Founded by Dorino Livon in the 1960s it has grown to a sizeable 260 hectares with Dorino's sons Valneo and Tonino and their families all involved. 

    Friulano is the local name for the grape which is also called "sauvignon vert" in other regions. No surprise then that this wine is similar in style to their Sauvignon Blanc being clear, almost waterlike in appearance. Again good body. More subtle flavours, more like a hybrid of their excellent Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Again very clean and natural, wine made properly by a passionate producer, so you know you are drinking a wine which is healthy and good for you.

    Vey well balanced natural acidity and a long clean finish. I think this wine would be very well received by fans of good Chablis and similar quality old world dry whites.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.50
  47. Lugana Massoni Santa Cristina DOC

    A wonderful Lugana. Full flavoured with body and complexity. Pure, beautifully structured with a long finish. This wine is lovely.

     

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99

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