This superb port has been patiently matured in seasoned oak casks for 20 years, acquiring a softened mellow texture with an intense complex nose which compliments the appealing fruit.Ready to drink. It is a delicious wine and is the perfect finish to any meal or to accompany mince pies, cakes, milk chocolates, walnuts, nuts and Roquefort.Can be left open for a couple of months.
Rich and long with greater depth and complexity than a standard Fino. Appealing salty tang and a long citrus finish. Very fresh and pure.This should be served cool, but not very cold. It pairs well with smoked fish, Spanish charcuterie and mature cheeses. Also with scallops served with herbs and garlic.Suitable for vegans.Suitable for vegetarians.Grapes are sourced from Fernando de Castilla's partners vineyards in the Jerez district. The soil type is Albariza. Picking takes place in early September. The wine is made from the first pressing of grapes to give a light fresh style. Fermentation takes place at relatively high temperatures to reduce fruit flavour. This makes a very neutral wine which is perfect for the production of sherry. The wine then undergoes natural malolactic fermentation, converting harsh malic acid to softer lactic acid. In the February after harvest, the wine is fortified with grape brandy up to 15% abv. Once at this stage the wine is then added to the youngest Criadera in the Solera. The wine then begins its ageing process under flor, a special type of yeast. Antique Fino is carefully selected from the classic fino and is aged for a further 4 years without any movements, except for monitoring the condition of the Flor yeast. The wine is fortified again, prior to bottling and this time, to 17% Alcohol.
A complex nose combining plum, mulberry, ripe strawberry and brown spice with delicate floral and
violet notes. Tannins are firm and pleasingly supported with plump fruit and a rounded texture, giving
a good lengthy finish.Perfect with wild boar sausages, venison, roast lamb or gamey stews.Suitable for vegans.Suitable for vegetarians.Made from Nebbiolo grapes cultivated around the town of Barolo in southern Piemonte. These are
trained on a low Guyot trellis at a density 4-5,000 vines/ha. The grapes were hand-harvested, de stemmed and then crushed to small fermenters, for around 12 days, with daily pumping-over. This
ensures good colour and flavour extraction, but avoids over extraction of the abundant Nebbiolo
tannins. The wine was drained off at dryness, and the skins transferred to a small press. After pressing
the wine was settled for two days, and then racked to stainless steel tanks for malolactic fermentation.
After three years maturation in 50hl Slavonian oak casks it was racked and bottled.
Dark garnet in colour, this wine is full of dark berry fruit such as blackberry, blueberry and black cherry. Oak ageing has contributed just a hint of smoke to the nose. The round, creamy wine delivers an abundance of the fruit flavours promised. The red fruit and oak are well integrated and the complexity of the wine plays on the palate.Delicious served with bold dishes like rib eye steak or roast pheasant.Suitable for vegetarians
Chardonnay dominates here, balancing the fruitiness of the Pinots. Rich and balanced on the palate with delicate aromatic notes, bags of complexity and personality. A spontaneous, easy to drink champagne, perfect for any occasion, day or night.Easy to appreciate without food, but just as good with cold, delicate canapés such as chilled fresh fruit sticks, cherries or diced preserved root ginger.
The wine has a lovely shimmer and is a pretty golden colour with green reflections. The rich and complex nose is characterised by pleasant and subtle floral and mineral aromas. It has a wonderful, fat structure in the mouth with minerality and charming aromas of butter, brioche and meadow mushrooms. It is a harmonious wine that is not only fine and elegant but also has an excellent aromatic persistence. Best drunk cold with oysters, shellfish, fish, chicken, turkey and goats cheese.
This is a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape serious and brooding and benefits from a little time to breath
and open up. The palate is complex with herby, tapenade flavours and ripe textured tannins balancing
the significant 15% alcohol which is expertly managed and integrated. Try with traditional roast lamb, lentil and vegetable moussaka and any rich hot-pot that heavily
features aromatic 'herbes de Provence'. The soils of the vineyard are made up of clay and chalk covered with a layer of the classic large
peebles ('galets') found in this area, which naturally keep yields low. The vines are over 60 years old
and situated near the plateau de Carbières (close to Château Montredon). Harvesting is by hand, with
selective sorting of the grapes. The grapes undergo a traditional long 'cuvaison' at quite high
temperature and with extended maceration on the skins, 21-24 days to extract plenty of colour, fruit
and tannins. This is followed by ageing for between 14-18 months in 'foudres' (large oak barrels), 70%
vats, 30% Burgundian pieces and casks.Suitable for vegansSuitable for vegetarians
Vibrant black fruit aromas with a touch of spice. On the palate layers of ripe plum, blackcurrant and juicy black cherry balance spicy, developed flavours. A well structured and complex wine with ripe tannins and bright acidity on the finish.The wine is made in the Uggiano estate South of Florence. the wine is aged in large oak casks for six months, this gives a nicely mature wine with impressive depth of flavour.Drink with casseroles and roast meats.Suitable for vegans.Suitable for vegetarians.
The wine is dense with a deep, black cherry colour and vibrant highlights in the rim. The aroma is intense and very complex, the red fruits blending with rosemary, thyme, chocolate and dark roasted notes. This is an old vine Tempranillo which offers all the fruit and smooth tannins of a well aged wine. It is dense and sweet with a long, very harmonious finish.Drink with a wide range of foods such as: páté, porcini mushrooms, red meat, lamb chops, barbecued fish, game, stews, desserts and chocolate.The grapes are selected from bush vineyards, with over 35 years of history, where they are hand harvested.The grapes are hand sorted, fermented in small stainless steel tanks before ageing in new American and French oak casks. The wine is bottled after 17 months and it will continue to improve in the bottle.
A black-cherry colour with terracotta nuances in the rim and a deep robe. The oak and fruit in the complex nose are well blended and balance perfectly with the dense, rich palate. This is a magnificent wine with an expressive nose, followed by an elegant and silky palate. With more time in the glass, its complexity and grandeur increase even further.The wine is aged for 60 months in the barrel and the bottle with at least 24 months in oak barrels and a minimum 24 months in the cellar.This Gran Reserva is made from the best grapes from vineyards located in the rolling hillsides of Laguarda and Lapuebla de Labarca in the medium to high altitude zones with their favourable clay soils. The vines are an average of 30 years old.A perfect accompaniment for red meat or game in roasts or stews, cured meat, oily fish and mature cheese.Highly Recommended in Decanter magazine March 2021.
Outstanding complexity and elegance, a
frank, intense and complex nose with milky and strawberry fudge hues and herbal hints.
The palate is fresh, with an outstanding,
harmonious fruity expression and marked by balanced tannins.Bodegas Covila owns some 250 vineyard hectares in Lapuebla de Labarca, Elciego
and Laguardia, some of the best locations in
The grapes are fermented under
controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks.
Part of them is de-stemmed meanwhile remaining grapes are fermented using the carbonic
maceration method. We achieve fruity
aromas and a very soft and fresh wine.
One of the best examples from this great vintage. The port is impressive, complex and drinking well now but can also be kept.“A fine, classic Dow nose with notes of cloves, raisin and a touch of fig. Not incredibly complex but refined and inviting. The palate is sweet and fleshy, again cloves, red-berried fruit, a touch of spice and dates towards the finish. Moderate weight, certainly not an imposing, alcoholic Dow, but refined with great elegance and refinement.” 92 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Labels may be scuffed / missing as this came from a College cellar. 1985 Vintage Port Description ...The Dow's 1985 Vintage Port is an excellent vintage port that will continue to drink for decades to come and the vintage was the first all-round vintage declared since 1975. The majority of the fruit was sourced from Dow's very own vineyards, Quinta do Bomfim and Senhora da Ribeira, located in the sub-regions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The harvest session in 1985 was very wet, followed by a late spring and a very hot dry summer, with harvest occurring mid to late September. The resulting vintage port, bottled in 1987 is robust and will age beautifully for years to come.
A classy blend of Grenache and Syrah made from grapes grown on the hottest and driest soils of the Languedoc. A wonderful, intense wine with a powerful nose of red fruits. The palate is full and complex with a supple, roundness.The grapes were fermented in stainless steel to retain the freshness of the fruit.Perfect with grilled side of beef, kidneys and any type of cheese.
This wine is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, generous
aromas of strawberries and red cherries stand out, with spicy
complexity coming from the oak ageing. It is vibrant and supple
on the palate with elegant tannins, delicately balanced acidity
and a lovely fresh finish.The Guedes family had always rated the quality of the Herdade
do Peso grapes – they had been using them in their Vinha do
Monte wines since the early 1990s – and jumped at the
opportunity to purchase the estate in 1996. Situated in the south of
the Alentejo, in the sub-region of Vidígueira, the Herdade do Peso
estate covers a total of 457 hectares, 160 hectares of which are
currently planted with vines. Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida
makes expressive and generous wines that reflect the warmer
climate of the Alentejo.
Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler
Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled
inland from the coast by a gap in the surrounding mountains.
Limestone soils help to control vine vigour and lend elegance to
the wines. All of the Herdade do Peso vineyards are sustainably
farmed and an on-site dam provides much-needed water to
irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers.
Following full destemming and gentle crushing, maceration and
fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at a controlled
temperature of 26ºC over a period of around eight days. After
malolactic fermentation, the wine aged in second, third and
fourth fill French oak barrels for around six months. It underwent a
light fining and filtration before bottling.
A classy sparkling wine with aromas of honeysuckle, citrus zest and fresh strawberries. The palate is complex with delicate fruit flavour, fine creamy texture and a refreshing natural acidity. The finish is dry and fresh with lingering flavours of citrus and nougat.Try with natural oysters.Suitable for vegansSuitable for vegetariansThe grapes for this wine were all hand picked. After fermentation the wine is aged on its lees in bottle for an extended time before release.The winery was established in 1986 and has been owned by the Hill-Smith family since 1998.
A complex, richly flavoured sparkling wine with aromas of green apples and citrus. Hints of lime are also evident along with notes of toasted bread and hazelnuts The palate is rich and creamy, textured with an explosive acidity and lasting, elegant finish.The grapes were hand harvested in the cool early morning, than whole bunch pressed. The wine was blended and bottled and then aged in bottle for approximately 36 months, then it was released for sale. Enjoy this on its own or with oysters, sushi and other delicate seafood dishes. Top 100 Wines Best Value Sparkling Wine winner - The Wine MerchantLots of medals won
An intense garnet red colour. The nose has aromas of red and black ripe fruit such as kirsch and wild blackberry. The mouth is full, with blackcurrant and spice with harmonious tannins. The finish is elegant with hints of liquorice and vanilla which give the wine length and complexity.The grapes are aged in vats with about 10% of the final wine aged in oak barrels.Lirac is located on the opposite side of the river to Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone Valley.
This excellent wine is made by the family run De Bortoli winery from grapes grown in the Yarra Valley. The resulting wine is perfumed and complex with characters of red fruits, spice and smoky oak.Good to serve with pork and fennel sausages and lentils.Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Grapes are hand and
machine harvested from 30 year old Sauvignon Blanc vines within a 22 hectarevineyard on the hill
of St Andelain on a mix of Silex and Kimmerigian clay. The estate undertakes
disease and pest
control measures by maintaining natural balance ("lutte raisonnée")
and works the soil
in a traditional way.
Individual parcels are vinified separately. The grapes are gently pressed
to fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the must is naturally clarified by
some of the grapes are macerated on the skins for a short period to maximise
wild or selected yeasts are used, depending on conditions - indigenous yeasts
believed to add more
character. The fermentation is cool and slow over 3 weeks and the wine remains
on the fine lees. The gravity fed cellar
is on two levels and all temperature controlled.
Linty and herbal,
this is a concentrated wine yet with real elegance, complexity and power.
Best served chilled
with shellfish, grilled white fish or chicken and soft cheeses or on its own as
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
This wine has a complex bouquet with notes of ripe plums, vanilla, tobacco and mellow harmonious structure that carries through to the palate. 10% of the wines is aged in oak. Made by the family run winery, Francesco Minini who have been making wines since the 1920s.An ideal partner to tasty and spicy food, seasoned cheeses and Mediterranean dishes.
A complex and elegant wine with intense aromas of blackcurrant, crushed lemongrass and thyme, mingled with passionfruit and melon highlights. On the palate underlying ripe fruit and mineral notes from grapes grown in the Blind River sub region of Marlborough combine well with the more tropical notes of passionfruit and melon from the Wairau Valley vineyards.A stylish and pleasingly rich wine with vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity leading to a lingering finish.The winery is sustainableSuitable for vegetarainsSuitable for vegans
A dark red coloured port with a seductive rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries. On the palate it is complex, with an excellent structure and a long lingering finish.Great when served at the end of a meal, with chocolate and rich chocolate desserts, nuts and cheese.Usually serve at room temperature but can also be served slightly chilled.Warrior is the oldest mark of Port in the world, having been shipped continuously since
the 1750’s. The name Warrior was branded on the cases of Warre’s Finest Reserve Ports
since the earliest days of the firm. The traditional style has been maintained over the
years and it is today a classic fullbodied wine with wonderful richness and balance.
Warrior is drawn from Warre’s finest Tuintas in the Pinhao and Rio Torto valleys that
produce Warre’s Vintage Ports. The firm’s head winemaker, Charles Symington, will select
vats of particularly rich and fruity Port to set aside for maturing in oak casks in the lodges
at Vila Nova de Gaia. Allergy advice Contains sulphites
This superb 20 Year Old Port is patiently matured for 20 years in seasoned oak casks, acquiring a softened mellow texture with an intense complex nose which compliments the appealing raisiny fruit.Ready to drink. it is a delicious dessert wine and is the prefect finish to any meal or to accompany mince pies, cakes, milk chocolates, walnuts, nuts and cheeses.Once opened it can be left for a couple of months.