A true grower's Rioja! Only around 800 cases were produced of this superb Rioja Reserva, from the famed 2004 vintage. Maturing nicely (but still with many years left in it), this wine offers intensity and balance rarely found at this price point.
A "Super Tuscan" that is a firm favourite with all of us at Appellation Nation
A light and delicate red that is dominated by red fruits upfront, raspberry, strawberry jam, cherry..it's all there! This is followed by a good tannic grip and subtle earthy, leather notes. A generous Burgundy indeed!
Clay-rich soils and an inland Mediterranean climate contribute to the richly layered character of this wine. Medium bodied and bursting with red fruit and savoury spices.
On a recent buying trip, we turned up this little gem made from Garnacha and Carinena aged in traditional oak barrels. It's delicious and an absolute bargain at £14.95 per bottle - most wines of this quality sell for double that!
A plump, juicy and bold Chateauneuf-du-Pape which offers superb value for money. Delicious and quaffable, this isn't too heavy, but still packs full-on flavour.
A cracking Cabernet Merlot blend, full of Aussie character. Loads of black fruit on the palate, a little Cassis crunch from the Cabernet and hints of eucalyptus. Gentle tannins make this very drinkable!
A great example of the approachable wines coming out of Margaret River, this Shiraz is full of delicious red fruits and classic peppery spices whilst remaining soft and supple.
A full and punchy Beaujolais that delivers big red fruits on the nose and palate, all backed up by black pepper spices. Top quality from a top Beaujolais Cru!
Deliciously drinkable as soon as it hits the glass, a Montepulciano bursting with vibrant black cherry and red fruits with vanilla and spice undertones.
Full-bodied, rich and spicy! A bold marriage of baking spices alongisde blackberries and blueberries with a hint of pepper on the finish. Bordeauxs long-lost grape variety has made quite a home for itself in Chile.
Deep and lively ruby red colour. Intensely aromatic and fruity, with raspberry and cassis alongside notes of coffee and tobacco. The mouthfeel is voluptuous and fresh with juicy fruit flavours and a vibrant acidity.
Vibrant red colour with alluring aromas of red fruits especially red cherry, fresh and dried herbs, spices and a touch of licquorice. Fresh, well blanced, persitent on the palatte. The red fruits carry through, with a touch of garrigue and spice on the finish. Classic Brunello.
A pervasive and generous bouquet leads into a rich and fruit driven palate which has good length, complemented by supple tannins and light oak spice.
The Cathar vineyards lie at 829 metres above sea level and are some of the highest in Spain. Deep cherry black with a flecks of crimson, this vibrant young wine explodes with mouth watering berry fruit and a touch of minerality.
A beautiful Burgundy guarenteed to suit all Pinot Noir lovers! Medium-bodied with excellent structure, the palate is lead at first by a burst of red berry fruits and then followed by refined acidity and tannins.
A blend of Nero d'Avola and Perricone. The latter adds structure and a hint of chocolate to the Nero d'Avola's typically rich and fruity palate. A cracking Sicilian red wine which packs a ton of flavour!
From one of the classic Bordeaux estates, Complex and bold with notes of blackberry, blackcurrant and lightly toasted oak.
Anything but a 'savage bear' this is a soft yet earthy Beaujolais. Full of ripe black fruits lifted with notes of crushed violets. Blueberry and redcurrants intermingle in the mid-palate before a hint of spice rounds out the finish.
Light with plenty of fresh fruit flavours mixed with more traditional earthy notes. One to pair with a nice plate of salami and ham!
An outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage. Beautiful dark red fruit driven flavour with underlying spices and fine tannins.
A Medoc Cru Bourgeois drinking beautifully now with flavours of cherries and blackberries, accented with a subtle oak giving hints of vanilla, spice and toast.
A dollop of Malbec and a Venezuelan owner/winemaker, Oswaldo Hernandez, make this claret stand out from the crown. Plenty of ripe fruit and toasty new oak on the nose, this is modern, flamboyant and easy to drink.
Powerful, brooding Marsannay from a top quality producer. Plenty of structured dark fruit, spice and oak nuances to keep you on your toes.
Excellent value red Burgundy a little off the beaten track, lots of lovely soft red fruits on the palate with noce touches of oak and gentle acidity.
This is great Burgundy, light up front but builds on the palate to a cacophony red fruit, baking spices, liquorice and savoury tones. Really well structured too!
Great traditional style Bordeaux produced at a top quality Graves estate. Nice dark fruits, cedar wood notes and dark chocolate aromas, one to enjoy year round.
From the renowned owners of Chateau Beaucastel comes this value for money cracker from the cooler slopes of Mont Ventoux. Bright red fruits and cherries, with a dry and spicy finish.
Great cool climate Cabernet blend, with notes of violets, blackberries and hints of dark chocolate. Classic Cabernet fruits are balanced by fine tannins and spicy French oak.
Big, bold and full- what more could you ask for from a top quality Margaret River Shiraz. Loads of juicy, spicy, dark berry fruits kept in check by soft, smooth tannins.
Quite simply an astonishing wine- rich and full, packed with a complexity of flavour that attacks the palate but never overwhelms. One of the best Chianti's available!
Delicious Premier cru Mercurey that is ready to drink now. Light but with real presence in the mouth, flavours and aromas of red fruit and sweet spice and a long finish.
A serious red Burgundy at a great price. This single vineyard Marsannay from Ghislain Kohut delivers a mouth-watering blend of red and black fruits with savoury notes and a well-structured backbone.
Really approachable, drinkable modern Bordeaux with plenty of juicy, dark bramble fruits, soft tannins and a long smooth finish.
Softly full and aromatic bouquet with a good core of strawberry fruit with raspberry notes, interwoven with delicate herbal and liquorice elements.
An intense bouquet of red fruit and floral rose leads to a palate of fruit, game, leather and truffles. This is followed by a finish reminiscent of dried fruits.
A truly classic Californian Cabernet from the experts at Hoopes. Big and complex with notes of fruit, spice, herbs and chocolate. In fact there is so much going on here that you'll need another glass straight after, just to calm down!
Delicious and approachable Cabernet Sauvignon from some of Napa's finest sub-regions. Medium weight with lots of bright fruit on the nose and palate, silky smooth with a creamy, chocolate like finish.
100% Cabernet Franc from sixth generation producers, made in the heart of the Loire. An abundance of red fruit with gentle spice and soft tannins.
A plump and seductive nose, full of berries and southern French herbaceous notes draw you in to a brightly flavoured wine with all the Rhone boxes checked! Fruit, spice and a hint of licquorice in this deftly balanced offering.
Classic Fleurie on the nose with big hints of violets, dried fruits and subtle oak. Light on the palate but by no means a slouch, cranberry and red fruit flavours show with an underlying florality.
Light and spicy are the best words to describe this Beaujolais Cru, with its delicate palate of red fruit flavours and warming, peppery spices accompanied by a touch of blackberry and supple tannins.
The spicy varietal character of Barossa Shiraz meets the fleshy, vibrant fruit of old vine Grenache in this excellent blend from Kaesler. This big, bold wine is ready to go now!
Classic Barossa Shiraz with a bit of elegance and class about it. Big and ripe with fruits and spice as you'd expect but a beautiful balance is maintained by silky tannins and a fresh acidity.
A delicate yet hugely complex red from Maremma, Southern Tuscany, in Magnum size!
A great example of what Pinotage can offer when the fruit is top of the bill and subtle oak lending a hand. Plump plum fruit and a mellow Mediterranean-like spicy feel.
Le Salette have delivered a winner here with this youthful, approachable Amarone Classico. Not as dense and heavy as some, but with all the power and complexity you'd expect, this is certainly one of the most versatile Amarone's we have tasted.
From vineyards perched along a volcanic ridge in Southern France, this wine is light, fresh and minerally with lots of red berry fruits. What's not to like!
A deep violet wine offering dark berries and pepper on the nose. Fresh fruit on the palate is lifted by vanilla and warm spice and framed by soft tannins. Very polished and elegant!
This is one approachable wine, very soft and smooth with lots of fruit and vanilla. Go on, give something new a try!
Made from grapes grown on vines believed to have been planted 140 years ago! These low yield vines make a complex and intense wine that is aged for 14 months in oak and delivers vanilla, dark berry fruit and sweet tobacco.
Classic Barossa blend from the guys at Magpie Estates. Great depth of fruit on the nose, the palate comes across a little darker with little notes of plum and blackberry entering alongside the red fruits.
Magpie Estates have got this blend spot on, jammy red fruits run through both bouquet and palate with tannins that are present but never overdone. Approachable and great value!
From one of the pioneering houses of Rioja, this stunning limited release Gran Reserva Rioja has all the class and complexity you could ever want in a wine.
Produced from young vines on the Meerlust Estate, this is a soft, medium-bodied wine with loads of crunchy black fruit and cassis!
One of the most iconic Cape wines, from one of its most iconic estates, is never released until it has at least four years ageing! The 2012 is full of classic ripe dark fruits that mingle with spices, cedar and mineral notes.
Delicious Merlot dominated Bordeaux, lots of dark fruit with notes of truffles and spice. A really classy Pomerol this one, ready to drink now!
A succulent Mediterranean style red blend based on Syrah with other Rhône varieties from Swartland. Bags of subtle fruit, peppery spice and sweet vanilla.
Stunning Barbaresco with a lush, velvety texture. It delivers fresh berry aromas which are carefully balanced against emerging notes of leather,sweet red cherries, menthol and liquorice
Youthful, fresh Chianti that is full of red berry fruits, rustic spices and refreshing acidity. I can't think of a better midweek Pizza or Pasta wine!
Traditional style Reserva Rioja with black fruit flavours and spicy rich oak notes. The addition of a little Viura gives the wine a floral lift. Very drinkable!
Fruit driven old vine Carignan with sweet spice and tons of juicy, silky red fruit. A little bit of midweek perfection.
This complex wine, offering excellent depth of flavour, hails from the Bolgheri DOC, spiritual home of the Super Tuscans!
Deep and intense, with a captivating bouquet of smoke, exotic spices, floral notes, raspberry drops and black cherry. It opens in the glass to reveal a velvety texture, superb depth and volume, succulent flavours with masses of dark cherry, blackberry and plum.
This is a single vineyard Rioja of impressive depth and power for the price, which is made from 43 year old vines. Packed full of juicy black fruits and spice, it's a genuinely warming, crowd-pleasing bottle of wine. Go on, try a bottle!
Fruit was grown on carefully managed, low cropping, vineyards in Marlboroughs Wairau Valley. With a little help from Mother Nature the fruit ripened to produce an outstanding example of Pinot Noir, packed full of flavour.
We were hugely impressed by this innovative family run winery in fact, it's become one of our favourite estates in Italy.
A rich, velvety Southern Italian red blending the rich blackcurrant flavours of Primitivo with the supple cherry fruits of Montepulciano, gorgeous.
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