• Bukettraube and Shiraz steal the show

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    Bukettraube, Cederberg, 2012 – South Africa - £10.50

    Beautifully fragrant wine with hints of honeysuckle, rose; lychee and apricot on the palate. A well balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity, dry finish – even a little saltiness. This wine does not have a long shelf life hence it is not widely sold and there are only a few places where this grape is grown – mainly South Africa but with some pockets in Germany and Alsace. Try as an aperitif or with spicy food.

    Rose Cabernet Sauvignon, Julio Bouchon, Maule, 2010 – Chile - £7.00*

    Strawberry pink rose from the dry coastal Maule valley. A certain sweetness on the nose, rose/lychee. Lots of strawberry and raspberry on the palate and a dry finish. An elegant rose.

    Foundstone Pinot Grigio, Berton, Riverina, 2012 – Australia - £7.70

    Lovely light floral nose, the wine is light and fresh yet fruity with tropical fruit flavours. Crisp acidity adds to the freshness but the wine lingers on the palate.

    Loup y-es-tu Blanc, Domaine de l’Hortus, Pic Saint Loup, 2012 – France - £8.50

    Loup y es-tu? M´entends-tu? Je cherche mon amour, Loup y es-tu? Que fais-tu?

    Je cherche mon amour

    ..So goes the song by Michel Rivard but this light white wine from Southern France is no wolf. It has an elegant floral tone, a good balance of fruit and acidity, peach and apricot on the palate and a crisp dry finish.

    Pinot Blanc Kinstheim-Kayserberg 2010, Alsace, France - £8.95

    100% Pinot Blanc grapes. A complex nose of floral and pear and apple. Fresh easy to drink with a fine, lingering finish. Try with roast poultry, asparagus and maybe some mild cheeses.

    Chenin Blanc, Hazy View, Paarl, 2011 – South Africa - £6.50

    100% Chenin Blanc grape. This is a great value Chenin from South Africa, light fruity nose, peachy flavours on the full, round palate and a crisp yet lingering finish.

    Finca La Linda, Viognier, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, 2010 – Argentina - £8.30*

    The subterranean tunnels that once carried water to the family farm were enlarged and made into a winery some decades ago. Today the Aruzu family makes wines under the name of Luigi Bosca. A clear, bright gold Viognier. Floral notes and ripe apricots, a full and fruity taste which lingers then a crisp burst of acidity on the finish.

    Malvasia, Kozlovic, Istria, 2011 – Croatia - £12.00

    The Istrian region, on the north coast, borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with Italy. Made from 100% Malvasia grape – you might expect a sweet wine - but the wine is dry with apple flavours. It has an intense fruity nose and a lingering finish. Would have enough body to partner white meats but would also go well with Sushi.

    Tempranillo Pasos de la Capula, La Mancha, 2011 - Spain - £6.95

    From the North West and the largest wine growing area in Spain – made from 30 year old Tempranillo vines. This young unoaked wine is modern and fruity. Full of juicy brambly fruit, it is medium bodied and has good length.

    Le Loup dans la Bergerie Rouge, Domaine l’Hortus, Gard – France - £8.50

    Partner to the white wolf - 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. This deep red wine from Southern France is matured in tank – it is fresh with cherry and plum aromas with hints of pepper, cardamon and cinnamon. A fruity easy drinking wine.

    Shiraz, Feudo dei Venti, 2011 – Sicily - £7.40

    Great variance in the day and night time temperatures and lots of sunshine are all part of the mix in making these good wines. This wine has a wonderful deep colour. Fruity and a hint of smoke/white pepper with a little vanilla perhaps on the nose – lots of black fruits and maybe mulberries, a roundness and soft tannins on the finish.

    Malbec, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, 2010 – Argentina - £11.80

    Rich garnet red, ripe cherries and black fruits on the nose with some plum and a hint of oak. The palate is full but not overpowering. A smooth and fruity wine with sweet tannin finish.

    Layers Red, Barossa, 2010, - Australia - £9.55

    This award winning wine from Peter Lehmann combines four grape varieties – Shiraz –adding lots of fruit; Grenache – spices; Mourvedre – woody, earthy notes and Tempranillo – firmness and soft tannins. A beautiful soft and round wine which will go equally well with game or spicy Indian cuisine.

    Teran, Kozlovic, 2011 – Croatia – £12.00

    Made with 100% Teran grape, a native variety of West Istria, Croatia. The wine is deep purple/red, cherries and blackberries on the nose with some spice and perhaps a hint of balsamic. Soft and luscious, fruity, with pepper/spice, it has good tannins and a lingering finish. Try with Italian food.

    Mavrud & Merlot, Golden Age, Vinex Preslav, Bulgaria - £10.00

    Ruby red wine from the north of Bulgaria. Intense nose of blackberries, vanilla and liquorice with a hint of almond. Full, fruity and smooth with silky tannins on the finish.

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