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Thursday, 2 April 2009

Our Wine List

As pointed out to me tonight, we have no online wine list... so here it is!

We have a neat list selected by our
local merchant, binTwo – including
many recognisable styles – and
several less obvious choices too. Do
have the confidence to go off piste
with those marked with a ‘ * ’
as such wines are really good value.


All available by 200ml glass (£4.50) or 500ml carafe (£11.50)

Las Toscas Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2008, Cachapoal Valley £15.50 Classic dry Chilean House White with pure, refreshing character.

La Serre Syrah Rosé 2007, Vin de Pays d’Oc France £15.50
Colourful, dry Rosé showing delicate redcurrant fruit.

Sierra Grande Merlot 2008, Central Valley £15.50
Impressive Chilean red – full and ripe with plenty of dimension.


France Vouvray 2007, Les Côteaux Tufiers £19.00
Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley fermented to less-than-dry, lendng a little
gentle sweetness to the fresh apples and pears style of the variety.

Pouilly Fumé 2007, Domaine de la Renardiére £31.00
Lovely Upper-Loire white – showing well its lifted Sauvignon fragrance and the
fruit ripeness well captured by winemaker Christian Chatellier.

Chablis 2007, Louis Moreau £31.00
Great white Burgundy – with mineral character and good full Chardonnay
flavour balanced by fresh acidity.

*Pinot Blanc Reserve 2007, Cave de Turckheim £19.50
Seemingly simple and gently dry Alsace white with a lively freshness; but
drink with food and it proves the perfect foil to vibrant flavours.

Italy *Verdicchio 2007 ‘Pallio di San Floriano’, Monte Schiavo £21.00
Verdicchio is a lean and fresh variety from Marche in Central Eastern Italy.
Dry and bright, this example has a lovely steely character.

New Zealand Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough £19.95
In the classic Marlborough style – rich, dry gooseberry fruit and refreshing zippy punch. Grown in the Waihopai Valley – home also to a satellite listening station.

Australia Petaluma Chardonnay 2006, Piccadilly Valley £32.00
Really smart oaked Chardonnay grown on steeply sloped vineyards up in the
cooler Adelaide Hills – really full and complex.

*d'Arenberg ‘Hermit Crab’ Marsanne Viognier 2006, McLaren Vale £22.50
Fabulous value from the New World: full-flavoured varietals made in this vintage
with an emphasis on fruit character, and very little oak.


France Rimauresq Rosé 2007, Côtes de Provence £24.50
Really firm, dry rosé – well suited to food, as you can almost taste some tannic
structure in the wine. Made in the far south from Cinsaut, Tribouren, and
Mourvèdre, with a whisker of Grenache.


France *Les Ruffes 2007, Côteaux du Languedoc £18.00
Made by Englishman Gavin Crisfield on some very rocky terrain from low-
yielding Carignan, Syrah and Grenache vines. Pretty meaty and well-structured.

Fleurie La Madone 2007, Reine de l’Arenite £22.00
Fresh, purple Beaujolais – summery strawberry scent and soft, ripe texture.
Delicious served cool, or (perish the thought) with a lump or two of ice.

Savigny-les-Beaune 2002, Camus Bruchon £32.50
Attractively perfumed, with a lean, spicy flavour and a moreish finish holding
onto a touch of sweet fruit.

Château Ramage la Batisse 2001, Haut-Médoc £31.50
Firm, structured Bordeaux with a complex, cedar-scented palate. Mature now,
and drinking really well.

Italy *Salice Salentino 2005, Giardinelli Vineyard, Agricola Vallone £20.00
Gorgeous rustic red from the South of the country. A mature, bricky red, with
notes of stewed fruit and leather. Made from the raisiny Negroamaro grape.

Spain Viña Albina Reserva 2002, Rioja £27.50
Traditional, fleshy Rioja matching warm plummy fruit with a good flavour of
American oak from its time spent in barrel.

Australia Glenguin Stonybroke Shiraz 2005, Hunter Valley £28.50
An out-of-the-rut example of this hackneyed variety, made by MW Robin Tedder
who has achieved here freshness and food-friendly dryness with superb fruit length.

Fonty’s Pool Pinot Noir 2007, Pemberton £22.00
Silky Pinot from a Southerly district in Western Australia, made in a modern
‘jammy fruit plus new oak’ style. Lovely!

Chile Tabali Reserve Merlot 2006, Limari Valley £21.00
On the nose violet and bramble, while the palate is intense and structured, with
fine-grained tannins from French and American oak.

South Africa *Roulette Rouge by Lammershoek 2005, Swartland £24.50
Relaxed Rhône-style, barrel-aged blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache with
tiny amounts of Viognier and Mourvèdre; broad, spicy and rounded.


Prosecco Spagorosso NV, Italy £20.00
In a class of its own – Prosecco, the name of the variety, the region and the wine
offers light, slightly off-dry flavours and bags of frothy freshness.

Angoisselles Brut NV, Champagne £35.00
Entirely satisfying – yeast on the nose, with plenty of the toasty, nutty flavours
of autolysis (from the second fermentation) and bottle age. 150ml glass £8.00

Camel Valley Brut 2006, Cornwall £34.00
Made only a few miles up the river – really fresh and crisp!

Lallier Premier Cru Brut Rosé NV, Champagne £48.50
Deep salmon-pink: bone dry and invitingly truffley.

DESSERT WINES (see our Dessert Wine Card for tasting notes and wines by the glass)

Moscato Passito ‘Palazzina’ 2004, Piemonte, Italy 375ml £15.50

Verema Tardana 2005, Montsant, Spain 500ml £18.50