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CHRISTMAS WINE OFFER

Christmas is just round the corner and we’re here to provide you with some of the most delicious wines you can drink over the festive period. Below you will find our three Christmas cases for your drinking pleasure, which we will deliver straight to your front-door. All of the wines selected are from smaller producers who are focussed on creating wines that express the land in which they’re grown, thereby creating truly non-commercial; supremely tasty wines! In addition, for the first time, we’ve also included a fully ‘natural’ wine box – these are wines that have been farmed without chemicals and other nasties and have also had nothing added or taken away by the wine-maker.

How to order:
Simply email us your complete order by midnight Wednesday 13 December, and we’ll be in touch to arrange delivery and payment.   As always, when buying or gifting 6 bottles or more to one address, we deliver free to any London postcode.  We can also deliver throughout the UK at our cost price (usually £9.95). All deliveries will be made within 3-7 working days of the offer closing date – less by request.  

The offer in brief (scroll down for full details and tasting notes):

Mixed Case A: £129.90 for 12 bottles

Wagram Grüner Veltliner, Eschenhof Holzer, Wagram, Austria 2016   [x2]
Adorable Gruner with bucket-loads of pleasure!  Decanter Magazine awarded it 91/100 points.

Bergecrac Blanc Sec, Château Barouillet, South West, France 2016   [x2]
Put simply, our favourite value white wine of 2017.

Felicette Grenache Blanc, South West, France 2016  [x1]
Peachy, blossomy goodness with a cat in an astronaut outfit!

Beaujolais, Domaine de la Couvette, Beaujolais, France 2016  [x1]
Bountiful, beautiful, Bojo! Yumminess in a glass.

Les Cabanes Rouge, VDF, Christophe Barbier, Languedoc, Fr. 2015  [x2]
One of the tastiest reds we’ve tried this year, we adore it!

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Feudo Antico, Abruzzo, Italy 2014  [x2]
Bottle by bottle, we’re keen to share our love of Abruzzo to all!

Celler de Capcanes, Mas Collet Red, Montsant, Spain 2015  [x2]
Depth and richness, so perfect for winter.  Once again, showing where value lies in the less sexy parts of Spain.

Mixed Case B: £225.90 for 12 bottles

Gaïa, Château Barouillet, Bergerac, France 2016  [x2]
Rich, sumptuous and oh-so elegant Chardonnay.

Principia Mathematica White, Alemany i Corrio, Penedes, Spain 2016  [x2]
An under-appreciated grape, from an under-appreciated region doing exceptional things!

Ye Ye, La Violetta White, Mt Barker, Australia 2015   [x1]
“Yeah-yeah-yeah!” Is what you’ll exclaim when you try a glass of this delight.

Phigaia, Serafini & Vidotto, Veneto, Italy 2013  [x2]
Bordeaux grapes, but not in style, region or price: completely delicious!

Gulfi, Nero d’Avola IGT, Nerojbleo, Sicily, Italy 2011  [x2]
The most exciting Nero d’Avola for winter.All deep berry goodness with spice and warmth.

Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo/Grenache, McLaren Vale, Aus. 2016   [x2]
Best friends Grenache and Tempranillo are together to make a super-moreish tasty wine.

Santini Freres, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2015  [x1]
Elegant, lifted, ethereal Pinot Noir from Burgundy, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bottle.

Mixed Natural: £169.90 for 12 bottles

This box is a first for us, and we’re very excited to present it to you in our wine offer this winter. These are some of the best ‘natural’ wines we’ve enjoyed this year that we think represent outstanding value for money. You may notice a high-Spanish influence, but they are quite pioneering in the natural wine movement and continue to offer amazing value. These are all intensely enjoyable, wonderful wines that are produced with minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery along with minimal, if any, sulphur additions.

Soave Castelcerino, Cantina Filippi, Veneto, Italy 2015  [x2]
Vibrant, aromatic and mineral-charged.

Intellego Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2013  [x2]
Super-cool Jurgen is making super-cool Chenin.  Lifted, elegant and so classy.

Invader Orange, Eschenhof Holzer, Wagram, Austria 2016  [x1]
The grape Muller-Thurgau is flexing its stuff as a great introduction to orange wine..

Purulio Blanco, Purulio, Andalucia, Spain 2016  [x1]
Robust, elegant and (most importantly) downright delicious. A show-stopper of an orange wine!

Cerro Encinas Monastrell, Marenas, Andalucia, Spain 2015  [x2]
Rich, alive and oh-so gorgeous…

Peligres Tinto, Bodegas Bernabe Navarro, Alicante, Spain 2014  [x2]
We’re all about Bodegas Bernabe, not Benidorm withthis cheeky number from Alicante.

Casa de Si, Pablito Garnacha, Aragon, Spain 2015  [x2]
A long-term favourite of ours, a natural choice, for our natural box.

How to order / What next?:
Simply email us your complete order by midnight Wednesday 13 December, and we’ll be in touch to arrange delivery and payment.   As always, when buying or gifting 6 bottles or more to one address, we deliver free to any London postcode.  We can also deliver throughout the UK at our cost price (usually £9.95). All deliveries will be made within 3-7 working days of the offer closing date – less by request.    

The mixed cases in full detail…

Mixed Case A: £129.90 for 12 bottles

Wagram Grüner Veltliner, Eschenhof Holzer, Wagram, Austria 2016   [x2]
Decanter magazine gave this wine 91/100 points and deservedly so, “Winemaker Arnold Holzer and his brother Mathias are the fourth generation of this family owned winery… this wine has a crisp green apple aroma, followed by big bold flavours of ripe green apples and nectarine.” We adore this Gruner, and we think it’ll bring you a lot of pleasure this Christmas.

Bergecrac Blanc Sec, Château Barouillet, South West, France 2016  [x2]
Simply put, our favourite value white of 2017! A gorgeous blend of Sauvignon Blanc (in a good way), Sauvignon Gris and a touch of Semillon and Chenin Blanc made by an innovative and charming producer in the Bergerac region, South-West France. It is lifted, elegant and mineral, reminiscent of a Chablis and so tantalisingly moreish.

Felicette Grenache Blanc, South West, France 2016  [x1]
Did you know that the French entered the feline space race in 1963 with a cat named Felicette? No, us neither, but this wine displays that truly gallic flair for innovation… This tasty Grenache Blanc is a fresh, aromatic and well-balanced drop from vineyards running between the foothills of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. It is packed full of aromas of white blossom, peach and nectarine fruit with a lovely mineral lift. Very tasty indeed.

Beaujolais, Domaine de la Couvette, Beaujolais, France 2016  [x1]
Beautiful, bountifully fruity and moreish Beaujolais from the village of Bully. This family are in their fifth generation of minimal-intervention wine-making creating what we feel is text book ‘bojo’, often seen as a poor-man’s Pinot Noir, unjustifiably so. This wine represents outstanding value for money, so much so you’ll wish we’d packed two bottles in the box!

Les Cabanes Rouge, VDF, Christophe Barbier, Languedoc, Fr. 2015  [x2]
Everyone that we’ve poured this wine for has loved it, so we couldn’t not include it in our Christmas boxes. Hailing from the Aude region in the Languedoc, it’s predominantly grenache with a touch of Syrah and Merlot for good measure – it’s packed full of vibrant cherry fruit with a soft and supple finish. So tasty!

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Feudo Antico, Abruzzo, Italy 2014  [x2]
Rosamund re-kindled her love of Montepulciano this summer with a brief trip to Abruzzo, the home of this often under-appreciated grape. This producer uses only wild fermentation, and minimal additions to create a wine with a nose of ripe, summer-red fruit, and a touch of sweet liquorice spice. In the mouth it’s full-bodied with a finish which is soft and lingering. If you haven’t planned your holidays for 2018, consider a trip to Abruzzo!

Celler de Capcanes, Mas Collet Red, Montsant, Spain 2015  [x2]
There is so much character per-penny in this wine, from the region of Montstant in Catalunya. A rich blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. This wine delivers depth and richness making it the perfect winter warmer.

Mixed Case B: £225.90 for 12 bottles

Gaïa, Château Barouillet, Bergerac, France 2016  [x2]
Does rich, sumptuous, elegant, Chardonnay from near Bordeaux sound atypical to you? Well, we suppose it is, but when we stumbled across this beauty we fell in love with it at first taste; it is so exquisite that it couldn’t not be included in our Christmas box. From one of our favourite producers, Chateau Barouillet, this intense number has flavours of apricot, white blossom, creamy vanilla and so much more – it’s made in a very ‘hands-off’ way and is all the better for it, as it says on the back of the label ‘French wine is not dead’!

Principia Mathematica White, Alemany i Corrio, Penedes, Spain 2016  [x2]
This mineral-laced Xarel-lo (that’s the name of the grape) has a gorgeous butteriness that is almost Meursault-esque; perhaps that’s something to do with Laurent Corrio, the wine-maker who is Burgundian by birth. This is such an overlooked part of the world for still whites, so it’s all the more exciting that we can share this wine with you. You’ll be left enjoying a wine with such balance, finesse and sheer tastiness.

Ye Ye, La Violetta White, Mt Barker, Australia 2015   [x1]
A knock-out score from Decanter of 91/100 points, “Apparently winemaker Andrew Hoadley named this wine after what you’d exclaim joyfully after one sip. Fronted by Riesling’s soft yet tart juiciness and bright acidity, there’s lovely mouthfeel, florality and minerality from the Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Vermentino. Part of the blend is fermented on its skins using wild yeast in old oak, which gives great roundness and texture too” We think you’ll be left saying yeah-yeah on cracking it open 🙂

Phigaia, Serafini & Vidotto, Veneto, Italy 2013  [x2]
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Bordeaux would it? Whilst technically this isn’t from Bordeaux it is a ‘Bordeaux blend’ though the makers of this wine would argue that the northern area of the Veneto in NE Italy is actually the spiritual home of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and who are we to disagree? This is a gorgeous supple, ripe, wine with an abundance of black fruits laced with an appealing sweet spice and leather notes. It’s incredibly tasty indeed.

Gulfi, Nero d’Avola IGT, Nerojbleo, Sicily, Italy 2011  [x2]
Ian D’’Agata, one of the most internationally respected Italian wine experts wrote of this wine, “Deep ruby, perfumed and juicy, offering sweet candied blueberry pie, sweet spices and faded flowers on the nose and in the mouth. Very smooth texture and clean, ripe flavours have pretty floral lift and vibrancy. A knockout Nero d’Avola, one of the best in years, in fact.” 94/100. His description is spot-on, from the famed Gulfi estate, this really is one of the finest expressions of Sicily’s indigenous Nero D’avola we’ve tasted.

Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo/Grenache, McLaren Vale, Aus 2016  [x2]
We think Grenache is one of the most exciting grape varieties around, and this wine is no exception – harvested from vines that are over 90 years old from the McLaren Vale; it’s blended with it’s best friend Tempranillo to create a wine that is just perfect for winter. It’s juicy, moreish and completely sating, with flavours of pomegranate, violet, crushed strawberries and cloves. Lovely stuff!

Santini Freres, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, Fr’15  [x1]
We thought a little bit of Christmas tradition is appropriate so we’ve included this elegant and ethereal Pinot Noir. It’s made by Christopher Santini, a gifted American winemaker based in Auxey-Duresses. Alongside his brother, they’re producing delicate and complex Hautes-Côtes de Beaune from carefully selected parcels of incredibly highly sought after vines. It has poise, finesse and grace; an uplifting experience of Pinot Noir.

Mixed Natural Case: £169.90 for 12 bottles

Soave Castelcerino, Cantina Filippi, Veneto, Italy 2015  [x2]
This vibrant, aromatic and mineral-charged wine is made from 100% organic Garganega grapes, grown at the highest point in the Soave region. Enjoy it’s juicy acidity, aromas of orchard fruit and crunchy freshness. Utter class at a very reasonable price. Forget the Soave’s of the 1990’s, this is all about quality and restraint. We are very impressed by Filippi’s unique range of wines.

Intellego Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa 2013  [x2]
Super cool Jurgen Gouws is crafting outstanding old-vine Chenin in the Swartland, South Africa. This is an elegant, mineral-laden wine with outstanding acidity and finesse. A true master of minimal intervention wine, this shows the delight of natural wines at their best.

Invader Orange, Eschenhof Holzer, Wagram, Austria 2016  [x1]
What’s an orange wine I hear you say? Well, put simply, it’s a white wine made like a red wine, and of course, because it’s natural, there are no additions. Arnold Holzer’s Muller-Thurgau has been hanging out on its skins for a few weeks, (like a red-wine would), creating an aromatic wine with plenty of depth, orange spice and white pepper. A great introduction to what orange wine is and broadly appealing to boot.

Purulio Blanco, Purulio, Andalucia, Spain 2016  [x1]
Once you’ve tried Invader Orange, it’s great to try this stunning orange wine – from a field blend of ten different varietals from a vineyard situated at over 900m on the north-side of the Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain. The wine is robust and stunningly complex for the money, would pair with so many foods, or can be enjoyed on its own. Have a broad wine mind and we promise you’ll fall in love with this wine!

Cerro Encinas Monastrell, Marenas, Andalucia, Spain 2015  [x2]
This is just a gorgeous wine! One of our favourite reds from a region that receives over 3000 hours of sunshine a year! It’s made by a talented young winemaker who believes in zero additions to his wines, his vineyards are verdant with wild-flowers and insects and there’s no added sulphur. This red is super-charged with ripe berry fruits and sweet, smoky spice, it’s rich, smooth and so gorgeous in the glass.

Peligres Tinto, Bodegas Bernabe Navarro, Alicante, Spain 2014   [x2]
Alicante maybe famous in this country for other things, but we’re all about the wines from Bodegas Bernabe rather than booze-bars of Benidorm! Grown in high vineyards in the hinterland of Alicante this is a super approachable Garnacha that balances ripe confit fruit notes with good freshness and a pleasing peppery twist; with no added sulphur, there’s nothing ‘farmyardy’ or alienating about this juicy number!

Casa de Si, Pablito Garnacha, Aragon, Spain 2015  [x2]
Pablito is a long-term favourite of ours and was a natural choice for our natural box. Grapes are hand picked from dry grown old bush vines on slate-clay soils at 700-1000m from tiny yields of Garnacha which is naturally fermented, with no additives and minimal sulphur at bottling. It has great body and is unfiltered and unfined, but this only adds to its appeal and substance. Incredibly complex for the money; a mixture of sweet and sour red and dark plum & cherries with sweet spices. Yum.

 

Get exactly what you want

You can select one of our wine boxes (below) or drop us a note to substitute in something else. You can even get us to start again by giving us your own instructions as to what would constitute your perfect wines for Christmas. We have thousands of wines at our disposal, so we’ll definitely find something to perfectly suit your needs. As always, the wine boxes are completely changeable.  Prefer more reds, don’t like the sound of one of the wines?  Just let us know and we’ll change to suit.  

Giving the Gift of Booze?

Being the season of giving, we can also help with gifts for that special friend or family member with either liquid happiness or a gift voucher to buy wines or use at one of our many tasting events in the New Year.

Our wine list in full … Is available, just email us for a copy

How to order / What next?:

Simply email us your complete order by midnight Wednesday 13 December, and we’ll be in touch to arrange delivery and payment.   As always, when buying or gifting 6 bottles or more to one address, we deliver free to any London postcode.  We can also deliver throughout the UK at our cost price (usually £9.95). All deliveries will be made within 3-7 working days of the offer closing date – less by request.  

 

 

 

 

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The Fine Print
Free delivery is available to any address with a London postcode.  The minimum order for free delivery is 6 bottles.  All prices include any VAT payable.
All goods should be examined at the time of delivery. Please notify us of any discrepancies, shortages or damage within 48 hours of delivery. Damaged bottles and packaging should be kept for inspection.
To comply with the Data Protection Act 1984, we are required to inform you that we have recorded your name and address on our computer for the sole purpose of delivering the wines to your designated address.  We will not share your personal data with any third parties.
We will do all we can to provide you with the same vintage and wine that is in this offer, however if we sell out, we reserve the right to change the vintage or substitute the wine for another of equal (or higher) value.
It is against the law to sell alcohol to someone under 18 anywhere.
It is against the law for an adult to buy or attempt to buy alcohol on behalf of someone under 18.
It is against the law for someone under 18 to buy alcohol, attempt to buy alcohol or to be sold alcohol.
We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to an adult if they’re accompanied by a child and/or think the alcohol is being bought for the child.
Visit www.drinkaware.co.uk for the facts.

 

 

 

It is against the law to sell alcohol to someone under 18 anywhere

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