Join us on the 23rd of March for a wine tasting and talk hosted by Nick Keukenmeester, the owner of Australian Vineyard Heartland.
Heartland is based in Langhorne Creek, home to some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines on earth.
When the three owners of Heartland came together many years ago, the idea was to embrace the best fruit Australia could offer, and create wines of balance and texture with a uniquely Australian identity. Today’s Heartland wines display the opulence and fine texture that sets this region apart.
Come and discover these impressive Australian red wines whilst learning the interesting ways behind the production.
LAST MINUTE PROMOTIONAL OFFER – HALF PRICE TICKETS
Now only £10 per person.
We have now launched our new menu, with recipes coming from ‘La Cuisine de Papa Loué’ (the kitchen of Yannick’s father’s restaurant in Paris). Dishes include Tartiflette, Parmigiana, Grilled Camembert and a Prawn Tartine, alongside our usual Cheese & Charcuterie platters.
We are also delighted with the addition of our local award winning Macarons from ‘Frandie Macaron’, based in Broadhembury, Devon.
Our refurbishment has been months in the making, but we’re now delighted to announce our new lounge ‘open for business’!
We have been working closely with other local independent businesses Tandem, Marie Hewitt Interiors and Dave Nicholls Upholstery to create a young, fresh & vibrant new lounge area.
Wow isn’t it dazzling . . . (if we may say so ourselves) . .
As we prepare to step into spring it’s the time of year to forget about those spicy & warm red wines you’ve enjoyed over the winter, and welcome back the refreshing fruity & floral white wines suited to sunnier days.
When we think of New Zealand white wine, the classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc always come to mind, these wines are recognised worldwide by all levels of wine drinker, but what else does New Zealand have to offer?
New Zealand is a land like no other, the unique soil and climate help to produce distinctive wines with a unique purity, vibrancy and intensity.
In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery, and we should not only think about the experience of tasting the wine, but also the extra lengths that some New Zealand wine makers have gone to, ensuring organic and biodynamic methods are complied with to aid sustainability.
Stone Paddock Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Hawkes Bay
A youthful Sauvignon Blanc with white flesh nectarine, passion fruit, citrus and white floral notes. It shows great aromatics and a good freshness.
Paritua Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Hawkes Bay
Citrus fruit, nectarines and passionfruit on the nose with a hint of toasted almonds. The minerality and crisp citrus flavours give the wine good structure and length.
Felton Road Chardonnay Elms 2013, Central Otago
This refreshing and dry chardonnay has fresh apple, pear and citrus blossom flavours with a very pure mineral finish. This is a fantastic organic and biodynamic wine. If you like Chablis, you should try it!
Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling 2016, Central Otago
An aromatic and off-dry style Riesling with delicate aromas of ginger, tangerine and tropical fruits. An immediate burst of sweetness on the palate with a crisp finish.
Coopers Creek Albarino 2014, Gisborne
Pure and fresh this wine has some beatiful notes of citrus and peach. Medium-bodied and zesty, with a lovely touch of minerality and great length.
Yealands Estate PGR (Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling) 2015, Marlborough
Lovely aromas of poached pears and melon with underlying notes of quince and ginger. This wine is amazingly unusual and you will pick all the characteristics of each grape.
Case of 6
WAS | £108.70
NOW | £92.41
The Zisola Estate is located in South-East Sicily, the land of origin of the Nero d’Avola vine only a few steps from Noto.
The Zisola property is made up of approximately 50 hectares laid out into gardens cultivated with vineyards and citrus, olive & almond trees. Here a small but efficient winery is provided with stainless steel vats with temperature control for wine making, and about 350 oak barrels for fining the wines.
The entire area, located at a height of between 100 and 130 meters above sea level is characterized by medium mixed soil with a strong limestone content and rich structure.
The marine breeze coming from the nearby coast moderates the heat in the summer and mellows the winters, conditions which together with the particular soil characteristics of the land, result in perfect ripening of the grapes and wines characterized by their elegance and personality.
The Zisola estate produces both red and white varieties made from Nero d’Avola, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Grillo and Catarratto grapes.
We will be joined by a member of the Zisola team who will host an evening of tasting and discovering these Sicilian wines.
£20 per person, with £10 returned on a wine card.
If you haven’t popped in on a Wednesday evening before, here’s why you should . . . .
We put one bottle in our enomatic machine for blind tasting, completely covered so you’ve got no clues as to what wine it may be.
What’s brilliant about this is that you try a wine without the marketing or previous assumptions affecting your reaction – whether you like it or not is purely to do with how it smells and how it tastes. It’s amazing how many people find they like a grape variety they always thought they hated, or discover a new region that they’ve never tried before.
We also ask a question each week (e.g. guess the grape, guess the country) and if you’re the first person to guess correctly you win a free glass of champagne!
We are delighted to introduce our new Champagne ‘Larnaudie-Hirault’.
We sent resident expert Mégane on a trip to her homeland the ‘Champagne’ region to search for a truly special and unique addition to our wine list.
Champagne Larnaudie-Hirault is a family run growers estate otherwise known as a Recoltant-Manipulant which translates as farmer-maker. Located in the Trois-Puits ‘Premier Cru’ village of the Montagne de Reims, its vineyards are within one of the most prestigious areas of Champagne.
The vineyard produces all 3 grape varieties used in Champagne which are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, which are all used evenly in the blend of the Brut Tradition giving it a real freshness and white fruit aromas on the palate.
Every stage of the winemaking process is completed on the estate with a balanced mix of modern and traditional methods. Stainless steel tanks as well as oak barrels are used which result in a great Champagne with finesse and elegance.
Being great believers in the work of the earth, the owners Clarisse and Michael try to minimize the use of phytosanitary and chemical products, respecting mother nature and being as environmentally friendly as possible.
With the high quality terroir and the great care Clarisse and Michael put into their vines, the vineyard produces around 40,000 bottles annually as well as selling juice to some other Grande Marque Champagne houses such as Louis Roederer.
We have imported the Larnaudie Hirault Brut Tradition directly from the vineyard in Champagne, cutting out the ‘middle man’ which means we can pass on great price to our customers.
Larnaudie-Hirault Brut Tradition
£27.00 per bottle | £145.80 per case of 6
We are delighted that our new delivery of wine from Felton Road, New Zealand, is on its way to us as we speak!
Felton Road is located in Central Otago which is the most inland region of New Zealand, located in the southern half of the South Island. The winery is made up of 4 vineyards, one of which is ‘Cornish Point’, an old gold miners settlement where the first large find of gold was made in the Central Otago gold rush. It was named after the Cornish gold miners who lived there and was abandoned in the late 19th century until planted as an apricot orchard in the mid 20th century, followed by grape vines in 2000.
The soils are deep, fine and sandy, lying on beds of ancient river gravel, typical of the heavy soils most suited to Pinot Noir vines.
The vineyard is 7.6 hectares in size, with 4040 vines per hectare cleverly orientated so they receive an extra hour of morning sun and one less of the hotter afternoon sun.
Fruit from ‘Cornish Point’ is some of the first to ripen and is often the first to be picked out of the 4 vineyards. The grapes display dense fruit, with surprising tannin for young vines. The bouquet is intense, floral and spicy. Flavours are always dark, with pronounced secondary notes rather than simple primary fruit. The viticulture is fully organic and biodynamic certified.
Demand for ‘Cornish Point’ wines is very high, so we are very fortunate to have gained an allocation of 3 varieties including the Bannockburn Riesling which will not be available from any other merchants in the UK..
Felton Road Bannockburn Riesling 2016
Felton Road Vin Gris 2016
Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir 2016
Thirsty Thursday save 20% on all enomatic wines from 6pm every Thursday*
Craft Beer Friday drink any craft beer in our lounge for the retail price, every Friday 3-9pm*.
*(not available at events and in conjunction with any other offer)
- Wed 12 April
Intermediate Tasting Exploring 'Acidity & Sweetness'
- Thu 27 April
Meet the Winemaker - Zisola, Sicily
- Mon 08 May
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits
- Thu 18 May
'Meet the Winemaker' with Chateau Ste. Michelle, USA
- Sat 27 May
Royal William Yard Festival
- Thu 01 June
'Meet the Winemaker' with English vineyards for English Wine Week
- Thu 29 June
Prosecco Tasting & 'Meet the Winemaker' with Bisol, Italy
- Fri 14 July
- Thu 14 September
Beer Tasting with Firebrand Brewing Co.
- Thu 19 October
'Meet the Winemaker' with Marques de Murrieta, Spain
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"Thanks for a hugely enjoyable and informative evening. I couldn’t resist the lure of the wine and so purchased two bottles which I shall no doubt enjoy during my week off!"
Steve Cole, Probate Manager, Nash & Co Solicitors LLP