1. Chianti, 2009, Sogatia, Tuscany, Italy - £6.50
This classic Chianti from the hills around Florence is made from a blend of Sangiovese and Cannaiolo grapes. A rich colour and distinct peppery aroma with good fruit and soft tannins on the taste.
2. Nero d’Avola Parva Res IGT, 2010, Sicily - £6.95
This wine comes from the area east of Marsala, limestone soil and an altitude of 400m. The great variation in the day and night temperatures means that the grapes can achieve superb ripeness as well as mainaining good acidity levels. Lovely cherry
nose and some pepper, good amount of soft fruit on the taste and soft tannins to finish.
3. Chateau Jaumard 2009, AC Bordeaux - £7.50
Beneath the glitz and glamour of a small elite cartel of 50 Grand Cru estates are thousands of other producers struggling to be heard above the voices of New World wines. Lots of black fruits on the nose, an abundance of fruit and soft tannins – a
very affordable decent bit of claret.
4. Cotes du Rhone Rouge ,Domaine L’Arnesque ,2009, Rhone - £8.00
A lovely colour and sweet herbaceous nose. A roundness of fruit and a little sweetness first on the taste. Soft tannins – a very drinkable, affordable wine.
5. Domaine Cres Ricards Stecia AOP, France 2006 - £8.40
From the Languedoc region, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grapes create vibrant aromas of blackcurrant and flint and a silky, refreshing palate.
6. Carmen Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca, Chile - £8.50
Black cherry and wild berry aromas with some spice. Ripe strawberry flavour and a hint of anise - this wine has a beautiful soft and balanced finish.
7. Carmenere Syrah, Bouchon, Chile 2010 - £8.85
Deep red wine from the Maule Valley, with cherry and almond on the nose and soft fruit and tannins on the taste.
8. Cabernet Sauvignon, Golden Age, Vinex Preslav, Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria - £10.00
Deep red Cabernet Sauvignon from the north of Bulgaria. Woody undertones and aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants and aniseed. Soft fruit taste with cherries and mellow tannins lend a little sweetness on the finish.
9. Mavrud & Merlot, Golden Age, Vinex Preslav, Bulgaria - £10.00
This is a new wine from the Golden Age range from the north of Bulgaria. Lovely ruby red, intense nose of blackberries, vanilla and liquorice with a hint of almond. Full, fruity and smooth with silky tannins on the finish.
10. Golden Age Syrah, Vinex Preslav, Bulgaria - £10.00
Full bodied wine with aromas of blackberry, cherry and spice and a rich, fruity and lingering palate.
11. Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2010, Southern Australia -£10.50
Wirra Wirra (aboriginal ‘amongst the gum trees’) is situated in the McLaren Vale in southern Australia. It is well known that Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon make good bedfellows but the third grape, Petit Verdot just gives this typical Aussie red another dimension. Rich red colour and intense blackberry aromas.
12. Simonsig Pinotage, 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa - £11.65
In 1688 Jacques Malan left his home town in the south of France to travel to South Africa where he joined up with others from the Loire and with their winemaking skills helped to establish the South African wine industry. The Simonsig estate is still managed by the Malan family today. Made from 100% Pinotage grapes this unwooded wine is much less pungeant than other examples. Sweet red berry flavours and silky smooth tannins.
13. Tinto Figuero ‘12’, 2006, Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain - £12.45
This wine from the Duero valley on the northern Iberian plateau is made from 100% Tempranillo grapes and has been aged for 12 months in oak. The grapes from Figuero are handled as little as possible and with gentle pressing and strict temperature control wines of balance and complexity are achieved. Garnet red, intense, hot nose, lovely fruit and good tannins.
14. Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Lan 2006, Rioja - £15.00
An award winning Rioja with sweet fruit on the nose and a hint of almond. A richness of fruit and soft tannins on the finish.
15. Monthelie, 2008, Albert Bichot, Cote de Beaune, France - £15.30
This is a good example of what Burgundy does best. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and aged in French oak barrels for 14 – 16 months. Beautiful garnet red colour, a profusion of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum aromas, this is a robust and fleshy wine with notes of vanilla and spice. The finish is full flavoured and lingering. Drink now or lay down for 3 – 5 years.
16. Douce Noire, 2008, Domaine des Abeilles d’Or, Chouilly, Geneva, Switzerland - £26.50
This elegant wine is made from a blend of five grape varieties – Gamaret, giving the liquorice flavour; Garanoir and Pinot Noir, giving flavours of ripe red fruits; Cabernet Sauvignon, giving the wine backbone and Merlot the silky tannins. The wine has been aged in oak and will mature well if kept up to about ten years.