|Aromatic and Floral||Bottle||125ml||250ml|
|Verdejo – Cal y Canto, La Mancha, Spain.
Vibrant flavours of pear, apple and citrus with a hint of greengage. This easy drinking Verdejo is clean and refreshing. Produced by one of the top ten wineries in Spain, Bodegas Isidrio Milagro produce fruit forward, modern styles of wine.
|Viognier – Les Grands Bouillon, Pays d’Oc, Languedoc, France.
Pretty aromas of yellow fruits such as peaches, citrus and pineapple with hints of linden and chamomile. The palate is lively, fruity and well balanced with good length. 10% oak gives a lightly toasted bread finish.
|Rioja Blanco – Lopez de Haro, D.O.C Rioja, Spain, 2016.
Commended at the Decanter World Wine Awards and rated highly between critics, this wine is exactly how a white rioja should be. Three months in oak barrels on the lees, this Viura (Macabeu) is interesting and complex. Fruit driven with strong notes of ripe banana and dates. Fresh and full, with rich oak characters of spice and buttery notes on the finish.
|Sauvignon Blanc – Taringi, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018.
A great example of New Zealand Sauvignon. Classic nose of gooseberries, fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Clean and fresh, this Sauvignon has a lovely acidity coupled with a decent finish of herby notes.
|Sauvignon Blanc – Comm. G.B. Burlotto, D.O.C Langhe, Verduno, Italy, 2017.
A very strong Sancerre competitor and a fantastic example of the diversity of flavour that Sauvignon can produce from an outstanding and much sought-after producer. It has a fairly tight nose of tropical fruits and herbs, it smells slightly green, reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon. This wine is fermented in oak barrels which gives it a huge body and great texture. When the wine warms up a little, this becomes more prevalent but without being overbearing. Hints of guava start to come through and the acidity, depth of body and 14% alcohol, balance tremendously well, creating a hugely diverse wine to be both enjoyed by itself and to pair with food. A wonderful example of Sauvignon Blanc.
|Fresh and Mineral|
|Pinot Grigio – Calusari, Ville Timisului, Romania, 2016.
This Pinot Grigio is real bang for your buck. With lovely, opulent aromas of grapefruit and peach following through to a lithe body of apples, citrus and abundant melon. Amazing example of just how good Pinot Grigio can be, from one of the oldest winemaking regions in the world.
|En Passant – Domaine Gayda, I.G.P Pays d’Oc, Languedoc, France, 2017.
Designed as an ode to Domaine Gayda’s spirit of creativity and inventiveness, this wine showcases its terroir and skill from the winemaker. 80% Macabeu and 20% Muscat. Full and floral in flavour. Fantastic weight and balance with exotic fruits and great mineraliity. This is a really refreshing wine and a big favourite between the team.
|Picpoul – Les Grand Bouillons, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France, 2016.
This wine is produced very close to the sea, resulting in a salty, steel and citrus driven wine. Light with notes of lime and a real minerality, the acidity is high, but balanced very well. Good length with a fragrant aftertaste. Under-roasted nutty undertones throughout.
|Figure Libre Freestyle – Domaine Gayda, I.G.P Pays d’Oc, Languedoc and Roussillon, France, 2016.
Turning its back on appellation rules, this wine favours the freedom of choice in varietal blends. Gayda decided to shake up convention, break appellation rules and create wines that truly represents the terroir of the region. A blend of 4 grapes: Grenache Blanc (50%), Macabeu (25%), Marsanne (15%) and Rousanne (10%). Deep gold in colour and aromas of stone fruit, honeysuckle, peach and brioche. Fully and creamy body of minerals and fruit with real rich depth, weight and concentration and a touch of oak for further complexity.
|Sancerre – Domaine Noël et Jean-Luc Raimbault, Loire Valley, France, 2017.
Sauvignon Blanc is well and truly at home in the Loire Valley and this particular Sancerre really pulls the classic characteristics out of the grape. This wine is grown on the holy trinity of Loire terroir: Silex, Caillotes and terres blanches. With its classic mineral style and almost metallic body – expect gooseberries, lime, grass and fresh almonds. Rich, acidic and delicious.
|Intense and Vivacious.||Bottle||125ml||250ml|
|Albariño – Bodegas Arousana Luzada, D.O Rías Baixas, Spain, 2017.
A very good example of Rias Baixas Albariño from a small cooperative who have got it just right. Producing wine with verve, bright acidity and thirst-quenching drinkability. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and white blossom notes. Vibrant fruit, fresh minerality and buttery lime with refreshing green apple in the long, lingering finish.
|Riesling – Bascand Estate, Waipara Springs, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2016.
This is a powerful, fruit forward wine with aromas of lemon, lime, mandarin flower, orange sherbet, and a slightly honeyed character. On the palate, ample acidity balances the residual sugar. The wine is juicy and full in the mouth and leaves a lingering and persistent finish. Don’t let the residual sugar put you off – this Riesling has a savoury on-the-lees yeastiness which gives it body and depth.
|Chenin Blanc – Château Rives-Blanques, Dédicace, A.O.P Limoux, France, 2017.
Ranked among the top 10 wines in the Languedoc-Roussillon with respect to number of prizes and accolades won. This pure Chenin Blanc shows an excellent example of how oak can and should be used. Super-varietal nose with honey and green apples in abundance. Dry with balancing acidity – full bodied and rich, but with extreme elegance. We love this wine, it pairs exceptionally well with all seafood and compliments spice and a bit of heat very well.
|Chablis – Domaine Fournillon, Burgundy, France, 2015.
Small family owned domaine that currently are only bottling around 10% of their production so remaining relatively unknown – for the moment. Classic in style, this full bodied creamy Chardonnay really expresses its terroir. Chalky, mineral notes with a refined body. Citrus, green flavours and refreshing acidity make this wine a wonderful, yet restrained partner for food.
|Viognier – “Petit Condrieu”, Xavier Gerard, I.G.P Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhone Valley, France, 2016.
The majority of grapes come from just outside Condrieu from Xavier’s vineyard which was purchased when he was just 20 years old. Xavier himself is fast becoming a prominent and well-respected producer and he is letting his wines form this reputation for him. This wine is a stern and serious viognier with stone, citrus rind and aniseed all providing a balancing nutty bitterness to savoury apricot fruits and spears of ginger. Rich in texture and powerful on the palate – beautiful by itself or enhanced with food.
|Premier Cru Chablis – Alain Geoffroy, Beauroy, Burgundy, France, 2016.
The combination of Geoffroy’s wine making skills and ability, the region of Beauroy and the vintage of 2015 makes for this premier cru Chablis to be full and plump in structure. Aromas of white flowers, stone and hazelnuts. Beautifully golden in colour. Flavours of flint, green fruits and hints of honey. A strong and elegant Chablis with real subtlety.
|Chassagne-Montrachet – Domaine Florent Moingeon, Burgundy, France, 2015.
High quality grapes are carefully and selectively picked, yields are limited through thorough pruning of the vines. Complex nose of hazelnut and white stone fruits. The palate is buttery, with waxy texture and honey undertones. A rich, persistent and very finely balanced palate with lots of intensity and length.
|Condrieu – Xavier Gerard, ‘L’Arbuel’, A.O.C, Rhone Valley, France, 2015.
The first vintage of the acclaimed L’Arbuel style from the hotly tipped, next big name in the Rhone Valley. This 100% viognier is completely un-viognier like in style and in many ways is like the buttery, creamy stone fruit style of that which you would expect to come from the prominent vineyards in Burgundy. Rich peach flesh, nectarine, citrus and oatmeal character make up a densely packed palate. Dustings of spice and ginger power the lengthy finish. This wine is captivating and seductive, a joy to pair with food and really-rather enjoyable by itself.
|Light and Silky||Bottle||125ml||250ml|
|Tempranillo Blend – Cal y Canto, La Mancha, Spain.
A blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Merlot. Fantastic value for money in the offering of a smooth, full bodied wine with lots of red and black fruits. Hints of smoke and spice, yet still well rounded and quaffable
|Merlot – Les Yeuses, I.G.P Pays d’Oc, France.
Young and fresh on the nose with nuances of redcurrants. Medium bodied and a lovely, vibrant red in colour. On the palate, full red fruits, damson and plum notes. Easy drinking and a good all-rounder – as a merlot should be.
|Pinot Noir – Calusari, Cramele Recas, Banat Region, Romania, 2017.
Delicate, pale garnet colour with a light, soft, welcoming nose of autumn fruits. Soft, smooth and spicy flavours persist through a medium bodied approach and generous red fruit and elegant finish.
|Gamay – Cave de Fleurie, A.O.C Beaujolais-Villages, France, 2015.
On the palate the tannins are silky, providing a wine that may be enjoyed from its first year or after a few in the bottle. Recall the whole of summer with violets and roses on the nose and ripe strawberries, red cherries and even a hint of peach on the palate. A finely balanced body of acidity and focussed tannins create a long, fruity finish.
|Pinot Noir – The Crusher, Clarksburg, California, U.S.A, 2016.
This beautiful example of Pinot Noir offers nuanced notes of cranberries, cherry, liquorice and warm spices. French oak aging offers well-proportioned tannins and flavours of plum, tart cherry and savoury herbs. The terroir is highlighted by earthy notes creating a full, rich palate. This Pinot is lovely and versatile.
|Warm and Spicy|
|Negroamaro – Feudi di Guagnano, ‘Terramare’, Salento, Puglia, Italy.
Negroamaro is an unusual grape but offers a lot, it is recorded dating back 1500 years in parts of Italy and the Italians did very well to keep it to themselves for so long. Exceptional value for money, this wine is well produced with soft berries and a slightly smoky, peppery finish.
|St Chinian – Terres Falmet, Réserve, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2011.
This is Yves Falmet’s top wine from his oldest vines. Pesticide free and vegan friendly, this wine has been hand crafted from sustainably farmed, hand-picked grapes. Terroir driven, it has a mineral streak, but the palate leads to rich, dark fruits creating good length and balance.
|Côtes du Rhône – Domaine des Escaravailles, Les Sabliéres, Rhône Valley, France, 2015.
A Blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah (20%) and Carignan (10%). Intense and full bodied, yet elegant and refined. Bright red fruit notes on the nose, with good acidity. On the palate, dark fruits, pepper and smoke. A classic example of a great Côtes du Rhône.
|LLavors* – La Vinyeta, Empordà, D.O, Catalonia, Spain, 2016.
A blend of old vine Carignan (35%), Grenache (18%), Merlot (15%), Cab Sauvignon (12%), Syrah (10%) and Cabernet Franc (9%). This wine celebrates the fruitiness of the grape and the nobility of French, Hungarian and Romanian oak. All of this creates a medium intense, ruby red wine. Aromas of red berry and a polished fruity attack on the palate with a spice driven persistency. Not many producers can blend this well.
|Rasteau – Domaine des Escaravailles, La Ponce, Rhône Valley, France, 2015.
A blend of concrete aged Grenache (70%) and oak aged Syrah (30%), make up this somewhat awkwardly named wine. This wine does not lack for power, it is full bodied with smooth spices and big red and dark fruits. Yet, even with this power it is refreshing and clean with an almost eucalyptus finish. Very friendly for such a big hitter.
|Barolo – Comm. G.B.Burlotto, Verduno, D.O.C.G, Piedmont, Italy, 2014.
Perhaps this style of Barolo was always the way Nebbiolo should have been, but it is becoming more and more popular amongst wine drinkers, also scoring some very fine, high 90s from critics as well. Almost pinot like flavour profiles of dark cherries, black plums, floral notes and touches of orange peel and earthy spice; but with a different fruit weight and tannin structure which is suave with focussed, driven acidity and fleck of minerality. We found this wine even prefers to be served from the bottle, slowly allowing the air to open it up gently. Wonderful, wonderful, Nebbiolo at its very best.
|Bold and Intense|
|Rioja Crianza – Bodegas Isidrio Milagro, Finca Besaya, Spain, 2014.
Powerful and smooth in classic Rioja style, this Tempranillo has good integration of oak due to its Crianza quality. Dark fruits, soft tannins and toasty notes.
|Malbec – Finca del Alta, Vendimia Reserve, Argentina, 2016.
Malbec is a big, bold grape which, if treated well can be soft and elegant. Luckily, this has been treated well and with its big dark fruits, spice and sweet cherry flavours, the wine is elegant and refined.
|The Red – Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2014.
This classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot really offers a lot. Dark tea, mulled spice notes and blackberry come through on the palate. With a nose of tar and tobacco, you might think this would be overly heavy and very tannic, however, it delivers a smooth, well rounded experience with good balance.
|La Clape – Château D’Angles, Grand Vin Rouge, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2015.
Ex winemaker of one of the worlds’ most famous wines – Chateau Lafite Rothschild. This winery has wonderful pedigree. Powerful, with structured dark fruits and the typical La Clape minty touch. A blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache, this wine is smooth and rich, with brilliant bright fruits.
|Palazzo Della Torre – Allegrini, I.G.T Veronese, Italy, 2015.
Aromas of ripe black-skinned fruits and exotic spice are front and center on this delicious red. On the palate, tightly knit, polished tannins carry mouth-watering, black cherry, chocolate, blackberry compote, mocha and cinnamon. A very rich and elegant wine and a firm favourite at Farmyard.
|Gran Reserva Rioja – Hacienda Lopez de Haro, Spain, 2010.
Predominantly Tempranillo and aged in American oak for 30 months and a further 3 years once bottled. Bright cherry red in colour, with clean aromas of vanilla, coffee and balsamic nuances. Intense hits of fruit throughout. Elegant, rounded and balanced with pleasant acidity and full, silky body.
|Chemin de Moscou – Domaine Gayda, I.G.P, Brugairolles, Languedoc, France, 2015.
Chemin de Moscou translates to “The road too Moscow”, named after the famous Moscow Tree that was used as a navigation beacon for the Aeropostale service flying out of Toulouse on their way to Perpignan, Spain, North Africa and South America. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. This wine is deep purple in colour with an expressive nose of black fruits, pepper, cinnamon spices and violets. A silky palate of hedgerow fruits follow with a welcoming explosion of fruits and spice. Nice mineral undertones from this complex wine aged for 21 months in oak.
|Saint-Émilion – Mondot, Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France, 2001.
The second wine from Christine Valette’s highly acclaimed, premier grand cru classe estate – Chateau Troplong-Mondot. Not far off the pace of the spectacular vintage of 2000, 2001 is performing well in the bottle at the moment. Gorgeous perfumes of plum jam, cassis, liquorice, black fruits and hints of graphite. Well integrated oak and tannins with a medium to full bdy Superb texture, flavour harmonies and very, very elegant for a wine with such ageing.
|Chateau Musar – Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 1998.
There are, more-often than not, good reasons that cult wines become followed and loved. Chateau Musar is up there with the best and, for very good reason. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vines averaging 40 years in age. This is distinctive and sumptuous, full flavoured and a glorious red brick colour. The depth exhibits complex, aromatic aromas of rich, ripe berries and stewed stone fruit character with suggestions of cedar and balancing spice. The structure is interesting, performing well straight from the bottle and once opened up, the tannins are bold and boisterous, with nice acidity.
|Brunello di Montalcino – Il Palazzone, Montalcino, Tuscany, 2013.
2013 was an odd year in Montalcino. It was a consistently cool and wet start with some vicious frosts and hailstones which resulted in some big producers unable to produce Brunello. Luckily, a redeeming summer helped those that survived with early whispers of one of “those years”. 2013 has already produced some much talked about Barolos and Brunello di Montalcino also reaped the benefits of this season with some wine makers, Il Palazzone included, producing something really, rather special. The colour is a beautiful deep ruby red with garnet hues. A very complex nose of red berries and fruit and with a little time in the glass a real explosion of Christmassy bouquets, eucalyptus, caramel, liquorice and leather. Juicy and fresh acidity provides harmonious balance and an excellent finish of violets, mint and flinty minerality.
ROSE, SPARKLING & SWEET WINE
|Pinot Grigio Rosé – Bella Modella, Veneto, Italy.
This delicate rose has delicious strawberry laced aromas followed with crisp, creamy, juicy fruit on the palate.
|Flying Solo Rosé – Domaine Gayda, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
A blend of Grenache and Cinsault. This Rosé pays homage to the “Aeropostale”, who risked all to deliver the first mail from Barcelona to France, then North Africa and South America. An aromatic fruit driven wine with red summer fruit notes on the nose. Pale colour with aromas of strawberries and cream. Fresh and lively with good acidity.
|Provence Rosé – Chateau Saint-Pierre, “Tradition”, Cotes de Provence, France, 2016.
A benchmark Provence Rose. A cracking manually harvested blend of Cinsault (60%) and Grenache (40%) with a powerful nose of white peach, spices and apricot. Pale and slightly orange in colour with salmon pink highlights. Great fullness on the palate – a rich wine with a creamy body and great character with an excellent length.
|Prosecco – Beato Bartolomeo, Breganze, Italy, N.V.
Subtle cooked apple flavours, excellent texture and great example of how good premium prosecco can be.
|Blanquette de Limoux – Château Rives-Blanques, A.O.P, Limoux, France, 2016.
Blanquette de Limoux is the first sparkling wine in the world. It is believed that in 1531 Benedictine monks from the abbey in Saint-Hilaire stumbled across the secret to making their wine sparkle. Made with 100% Mauzac grape varietal, this Blanquette is crisp, clean and refreshing. There is a real juicy zestiness with flavours of apples, pears and brioche and earthy undertones of pear and white fruit. This Blanquette spends at least one year on the lees after its second fermentation in the bottle.
|Premier Cru Champagne – Pierre Bertrand, Reims, France, N.V.
This premier cru has a high proportion of Pinot Noir, giving this Champagne weight and depth. Classical Champagne style of richness, brioche and floral note on the palate.
|Dom Perignon – Moët & Chandon, Reims, France, 2006.
No other Champagne house deserves confidence in the consistent quality of its wines. For over two centuries, Moët and Chandon has met the demand for excellence to become the most appreciated and bestselling Champagne in the world.
PORT & SWEET WINE
|Sweet Wine and Port||Bottle||70ml|
|Sauternes – Chateau Gravas, Bordeaux, France, 2012.
This wine shows a lovely pale golden colour with deep golden highlights. It offers aromas of candied fruits backed up with sweet exotic fruit.
|Tokaji – Disnoko, Late Harvest, Hungary, 2016.
Honey and wild flowers. Pear, grapefruit and a bit of vanilla on the palate are well balanced with natural sugars.
|Sols – La Vinyeta, Emporda, Spain, 2015.
A blend of green Grenache Blanc. A slightly darker, sweet wine that would hold up well to
rich chocolate and nuts.
|Pedro Ximenez – Gonzalez Byass, “Nectar”, Jerez, Spain.
Rich, sweet and velvety smooth on the palate, “Nectar” shows complex flavours of caramel, dried fruits, figs, mocha, nuts and spices and is the perfect match for pretty much any dessert and cheese. Made from 100% PX grapes dried in the sun to release the maximum amount of sugar and intensity. Estimated ageing is 8 years in barrel.
|Warre’s late bottled vintage port.
Deep, rich ruby colour. On the nose bursting with lovely black fruit combined with a spicy complexity. On the palate, there is an underlying richness and intensity with well-rounded blackberry fruit.
|Taylors 10 year old tawny port.
Aromas of ripe berries with a delicate nuttiness. Notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy, nutty flavours deliver a long finish.