Welcome to our Wine List. As well as offering a selection of the well known, we have included other excellent wines which we encourage you to try. Hopefully our tasting notes will aid your experimentation. Enjoy!
15 June 2022
Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina – £25 (glass 125ml: £5.80)
Some say “Italians do it best”, and certainly if you choose a quality Prosecco such as this one, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not in the mood for a blockbuster Champagne, but you would like some fizz, then this perfectly ravishing and mightily refreshing Prosecco is perfect. Delicate lime and grapefruit scents on the nose lead to an appetising apple and grapefruit palate. Delicious.
Bruére Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2012, Bon Courage – £28
Hints of fresh lime and citrus, complimented by a subtle yeastiness. Shows great finesse on the finish with a crisp, rich and creamy complexity. Best served as an aperitif and the ideal partner to seafood.
Devil’s Corner Sparkling Pinot Noir / Chardonnay Brut – £31
Tasmania continues to grow in reputation as the home of Australia’s leading sparkling wines. This cuvée is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and represents the best of their cool-climate crafted wines, delivering a vibrant, fresh, well-balanced palate dominated by fresh crunchy apple and a touch of citrus.
Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs NV Grand Cru – £49
One hundred percent Chardonnay from one hundred percent rated vineyards. From the legendary village that delivers two of Champagne’s most famous single vineyard wines – Salon and Krug’s Clos de Mesnil – this modest offering comes from the local co-operative. Expect a broad yet vibrant style; full flavoured and well structured. We proudly pour it as our house Champagne.
Pinot Grigio 2020 Quartetto Estate – £20 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml – £5.10; 250ml – £7.10)
Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus. A very drinkable dry white.
Chardonnay 2021 Aldridge Estate – £20 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
Chardonnay, the great white grape of Burgundy, and Semillon, key in the sweet wines of Sauternes, are both well-travelled varieties, and both have been adopted enthusiastically by Australian vintners. Together, the two make a full-bodied white wine with waxy, tropical flavours.
Chateau Fontareche, VdP d’Oc Viognier 2018 – £21
Wow, we are not sure that it is possible to find a better balanced, more gorgeous Viognier than this delightful example from Château Fontarèche, one of the oldest Estates in the Languedoc-Roussilllon. Elegant, perfumed, balanced and just a joy to be acquainted with!>/p>
Pinot Gris 2018 Villa Wolf, Pfalz - £21 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
Very fresh on the palate, with just a touch of residual sugar sweetness, but all swept along with crisp orchard fruits and racy lemon and lime acidity. Plenty of dash and verve here, with a tangy orangey quality into the finish. An excellent partner for salmon, chicken or pork.
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Côtes de Gascogne, France - £21 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
To smell, we happily find the typical aromas of Sauvignon with richer and softer connotations. A smell that combines sweetness and freshness. To taste, the wine proclaims its richness with a sweet and fleshy bouquet. Then the texture binds itself with more bubbly and light sensations creating a lovely minerality. The taste lingers in the mouth and at the finish we discover honey-like and compotes sensations. A perfect balance of liveliness and sweetness. All the same it remains a dry wine at the end.
Walt Riesling 2019 – £22
This wine takes its name from Walter Siegel, who was one of the pioneers of German Riesling. Hence the name is a homage to “Walt”! Produced under the auspices of Dr Ernie Loosen in his estate in the Phalz in the south of Germany bordered by the Vosges mountains, the result is a deliciously fresh and with the zippy acidity balanced with the fruit of the Riesling. Ideal as an aperitif or with fusion food with gentle spices that makes a great combination. Enjoy!
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2018 Dom la Haute Fevrie – £24
If there was ever a wine out of fashion, it’s this. Overlooked by our obsession for Sauvignon and Chardonnay, poor old Muscadet has been left in the corner and forgotten. What you have here is one of the world’s greatest vinous bargains. It is fresh and sparky, with elegant fruit, subtle minerality and surprising length.
Picpoul de Pinet 2019 Les Vignerons Montagnac – £26
Picpoul, or ‘lip-stinger’ as it’s known locally, is the Muscadet of the Languedoc. Bone dry with an immediate, gratifying fruitiness this is delicious by itself but also great with shellfish. Dangerously gluggable. Take a sip, sit back, close your eyes and immediately you are lying drunk on the back seat of a Citroen 2CV somewhere on the Golfe du Lion.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2018 Riccardo Falchini – £27
Most Italian white wines have one thing in common. They taste of nothing. This is a bit different. Dry and nutty with a fresh, pithy finish. So you see, there is life beyond Pinot Grigio.
Terroirs des Chateaux Forts 2016 Rolly-Gassmann – £27
This is Alsace for beginners. An exciting blend of Auxerrois, (30%) Gewurztraminer and a token splash of each of Pinot Gris and Riesling give a full, intense, ripe and spicy – slightly sweet – pot-pourri of a wine. Great versatility here; to be enjoyed by itself, or with some of our more spicy and Asian inspired dishes. Biodynamic-uncertified.
Tindall Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Marlborough New Zealand – £29
Tindall Vineyard is renowned for its premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. Fresh and lively hints of passion fruit, lime and spring flowers. Vibrant with delicious ripeness, finishing with great balance and subtle concentration, a cracker of a Sauvignon Blanc!
BEN IGT Toscana Vermentino Organic, Nittardi – £34
BEN is short for the Italian forename Beniamino, which is often bestowed upon the youngest and most beloved son, and this is true of Nittardi’s BEN, a long-cherished dream of theirs. Intensive bouquet of fresh fruit with hints of citrus and a mineral, sparkling freshness. Medium-bodied and balanced, with a long-lasting finish. Excellent as an aperitif as well as with starters and all variations of grilled fish, pasta and vegetable dishes.
Sancerre 2020, Domaine Daulny – £36
A classic expression of Sauvignon Blanc, with grassy notes, tropical fruit and hints of blackcurrant bud. Sourced from 40-year old vines, a small percentage of the wine was aged in used oak barrels. The palate is crisp and fresh, with beautiful minerality – a perfect match for seafood and goats’ cheese. Good nose and intense fruit on the palate with a steely rich character.
Pouilly-Fuisse ‘La Frairie a Solutré 2017 Domaine Auvigue – £48
In past times, the hunter-gatherers of the Maconnais used to herd wild animals towards the massive cliff that is the Solutré. Their ancient remains can still be found scattered around its base. This broadly flavoured, barrel-fermented Chardonnay has leanings more towards the oatmealy style of Meursault further north. Traditional and classic white Burgundy.
Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2018 Brocard – £49
100% Chardonnay unoaked and aged on the lees. Delicious Chardonnay fruit with elegant structure and the steely finesse of Premier Cru Chablis. Fresh and lean, minerality, with citrus aromas. Dry, crisp, well balanced, vibrant fruit and a refined finish. A great match for shellfish, salmon and goat's cheese.
Bertier Rose Grenache Syrah 2018 – £20 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
From the low hills behind Cap d’Agde overlooking the Mediterranean comes this deliciously dry and fruity rose.
Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 Villa Wolf, Pfalz – £25 (glass 125ml: £4.60; 175ml: £6.30; 250ml: £8.80)
Villa Wolf produce wines that express the pure, authentic terroir of the Pfalz; their Pinot Noir Rosé is another winner. The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract colour. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright berry and fruit flavours and a clean, zippy finish.
Mas de Cadenet Rosé, 2019 Sainte-Victoire (organic) – £29
This light pink wine with a beautiful mineral freshness, reveals delicate aromas of citrus, red fruits and flowers. The limestones and the northern microclimate of Sainte-Victoire deliver concentrated wines bringing balance, elegance and crispness. This fresh rosé can be enjoyed by itself or is terrific paired with pasta dishes, tartare or exotic foods.
MJ Janeil Merlot 2017, Francois Lurton, South France – £20
Deep purple colour. Black cherry, with violets characterises the nose of this young Merlot. The aromas are fresh, intense and attractive. On the palate it is rich with lots of supple tannins and a powerful aromatic intensity on the finish with black fruits, floral notes and a touch of spice.
Grenache/Syrah 2018 Domaine Felines-Jourdan – £21 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml – £7.40)
Sick of Shiraz from the New World, but still like the leathery spiciness and berry fruit typical of this grape variety, otherwise known as Syrah? Then look no further – this is an incredibly appealing wine, with a softness and ripeness of fruit thanks to the Grenache blended in, but still holding on to the pepperiness and explosive fruit of the Syrah. A perfect partnership made in wine!
Haçienda de Calidad Malbec 2018 – £22 (glass 125ml: £4.15; 175ml: £5.60; 250ml – £7.70)
A deep, inky violet Malbec with tempting flavours of blackberry, plum and black cherry. It is a great value fruit-forward wine with round, silky tannins and fresh acidity, all being well balanced to give a delicious, food-friendly wine.
Chameleon Cabernet-Merlot 2019 Jordan Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £23 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml: £8.10)
Anybody here from Leicester? Gary Jordan’s great, great grandfather was. He left Groby with the objective of putting shoes on Africa. He did it pretty well, with the proceeds helping the family to purchase this Stellenbosch farm. The wine is lovely. Pure with bright red fruit and a dangerous underlying acidity. Kick your shoes off, sink back in your seat and enjoy.
7even Pinotage 2017 Zevenwacht Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £23 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml – £8.10)
Afrikaans Lesson #287 – Zevenwacht meaning ‘seven expectations’. Now, there’s a prize if you can work out what they are. In the meantime, whilst you’re thinking, why not get stuck in to a bottle of the broad, soft, easy drinking red. The Pinotage grape is a South African classic; a cross between Pinot Noir (for breed and elegance) and Cinsault (historically known as Hermitage in the Cape – for its gamey earthiness.
Torre de Barreda Tempranillo 2016 VdT de la Tierra de Castella – £23
From the dust bowl that is La Mancha. Forty-five year old bush vine Cencibel (better known to you and me as Tempranillo) is aged in American oak to give those distinctive red fruit and vanilla flavours that can only be Spanish. Legend has it that before Juan de la Barreda started to bottle his own wine, this all used to be trucked up to a slightly more famous region.
Marcelino Rioja Crianza 2017 – £24
Ruby red with a purple tinge. Punchy fruit aroma, with a toasted almonds sensation from the oak. Excellent crianza: full, soft, ripe dark fruit flavours, with blackberries and cherries coming to the fore. One year in oak has imparted wonderful vanilla notes.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC, Villa Dante – £24
Villa Dante shows the typical features of the Montepulciano grape, starting with its purplish red colour. On the nose it displays characteristic scents of red fruit and spices, which carry through on the palate. Delicately tannic, not aggressive, smooth and round. Ideal with roasted or grilled meats, particularly game.
Marco Gavio Chianti DOCG 2018 – £24
The most consumed wine in Italy and, interestingly, the most consumed Italian wine in the world, Chianti is emblematic of what Italy means to the world of wine. Made from Sangiovese grapes, this wine has a bright garnet colour; on the nose the freshness of cherry, strawberries, and red plum pleasure the senses when enjoying this wine. The palate is incredibly rich in fruitiness but also deep and intense thanks to the 6 months of barrel aging the wine does before release. The perfect match with lamb but any roast meat or pasta dish will maximise enjoyment of this wine.
Don't Tell Gary Shiraz 2019, McPherson – £25
This wine is a labour of love - one the accountants (Gary) did not know about! The DTG Shiraz is a beautiful dark garnet colour with black cherry, blueberry and mixed spice on the nose. Hints of pepper and soft oak spice are beautifully integrated with blackberry fruits and medium bodied silky tannins. This is a special occasion wine. Drink with like-minded wine lovers and take a moment to admire the gorgeous colour of the wine.
Fleurie Presidente Marguerite Beaujolais Cru 2020, Burgundy – £27
100% Gamay, hand-picked, unoaked. A wine light in body, though an intense purple / ruby colour, with bright cherry and red fruit aromas. A fresh palate of soft red summer fruits, together with hints of strawberries and raspberries in this delightful red wine. Soft tannins and highly drinkable, from the best vintage in Beaujolais for several decades. A great match with white meats and vegetarian dishes.
Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir 2017 – £28
One of the longest standing family in the Rheinhessen district, and the cellars overlook the Rhine. It has attractive red cherry character, with no oak to make this a charming lighter Pinot Noir – it is a delightful not serious Pinot ideal for drinking with any lighter meats, chicken, and also fish such as salmon. Best to serve slightly chilled.
Howard’s Folly, Sonhador 2012, Portugal – £32
Howard’s Folly is a small producer of wine from the Alentejo region of Portugal. Aromas of dark berry fruits with smoke and chocolate notes. Smooth, full bodied and well balanced with a compact tannin structure.
Château Tour Bel Air Montagne Saint-Émilion 2019 – £34
A classic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, round and full on the palate. The higher Merlot content in the blend aids the soft and approachable character of this wine. Plummy fruit, with hints of darker berry are well balanced by supple tannin. Great with red meats, cheeses, tomato-based dishes and mushrooms.
Chateau du Pavillon 2011 Canon-Fronsac – £35
Canon-Fronsac is a satellite commune of Saint-Emilion and given no one has ever heard of it, means that great bargains are to be found here. This Merlot-driven example is no exception. This is classic Claret, with flavours of lead pencils and cedar wood.
Quinta do Portal Douro Reserva 2018, Douro, Portugal – £39
Concentrated ruby colour with aromas of ripe black fruit and some floral notes in perfect harmony with some toast from the oak. Expressive on the palate, it has lovely acidity and a pleasant fruity and toasty aftertaste. Highly individual and recommended.
Château Mont-Thabor Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 – £49
In 1881 the Stehelin family from Switzerland acquired the Mont-Thabor estate in Bedariddes a few kilometres from the town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Full-bodied, rich and tannic, this wine is dark and plummy, with plenty of ripeness, weight and richness.
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2018 – £49
Matured in cement, allowing for the flavour to be free of oak interference and therefore coming purely from the grape, Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet is one of 47 Anno Domini’s most exquisite wines. Intense ruby red, this wine is warm and complex with an enveloping aroma to match. Its long finish demands a second glass. At 15% ABV this Italian red wine comes in with booming, staggered flavours creating a sensation journey in each sip. Enjoy with dinner or dessert and be ready for an experience.
Maury Solera 1928 Les Vignerons de Maury (50cl bottle) – £33 (125ml glass: £8.80)
Maury is a small, undistinguished town about 30km west of Perpignan and sits on a plain at the foot of the Pyrenees. Its claim to fame is for producing these wonderful old sherry-like wines, produced from Grenache, that have been aged in barrels forever. These are rich and savoury with great viscosity, and one of the very, very few wines that match with dark chocolate. Being so oxidised in barrel they are virtually indestructible once in bottle. The wines are made by a system of fractional blending, being refreshed at intervals as small volumes are withdrawn and then topped up with younger wine.
Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV (37.5cl bottle) – £26 (125ml glass: £9.10)
Located at the top-end of Victoria, the Stantons left their native Suffolk in the mid-1800s in search of gold. When the seam at Rutherglen was exhausted the family turned to farming and grape-growing. For the past century, Rutherglen has been famed for its ‘stickies’. There can be no better match for our Sticky Toffee Pudding.