The amazing selection of red wines which are currently on the wine list.
- Bodegas Nieto Malbec Mendoza 2018 Vg 14% £19
Dense, rich and flavour-packed Malbec which is exactly what you would expect.
- Pulenta Estate Gran Corte Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot & Petit Verdot & Tannat Mendoza 2015 14.5% £48
In my eyes this is the single greatest wine to emerge from Argentina. A multi grape blend which is so complex, deep, elegant and all round mesmerizingly brilliant.
- The Black Craft Shiraz Barossa Valley 2018 14% £22
Luscious, impossibly deep with a texture which is so mouth-coatingly moreish that you are easily lost in its charms. What Australian wine used to taste like.
- Nugan Estate Dry Grape Shiraz South Eastern 2016 Vg 14.5% £28
Australian take on the great wines of Amarone and a wine which has gained such a following. Lashings of super ripe, stewed fruit with that lovely balance between sweet raisin notes and warm spice.
- Emiliana Adobe Reserva Malbec Rapel Valley 2018 Vg 13.5% £18
It’s not only Argentina that makes great Malbec as this wine proves. Plenty of depth and flavour but with a little more elegance than some of its counterparts across the Andes.
- El Viejo del Valle Pinot Noir Central Valley 2017 Vg 13% £18
An incredibly approachable Pinot Noir, this lighter, fruity and fresh wine is an absolute joy.
- Emiliana Salvaje ‘no added sulphites’ Syrah & Roussanne Casablanca Valley 2018 Vg 14% £24
This organic wine is also classed as a natural wine which normally doesn’t do too much for me but here it works, it really works. The attention that has been paid to the fruit has ensured that even without any added sulphites this wine holds together brilliantly and displays its leathery, perfumed, black fruit perfectly.
- Vina Tabali Pedregoso Gran Reserva Carmenere Limari 2017 Vg 14% £22
This is Chile’s grape and when they get it right it is a thing of beauty. This wine is just that with lovely dark, plum skin notes and that layer of dusty Mocha and then a delightful juicy lift at the finish.
- Sharpam Estate Pinot Noir Devon 2018 Vg 11.5% £30
English wine! Whatever next? People keep asking about English wine and so I thought I should find some and this was the best drop I tried. A light, crunchy take on Pinot Noir it’s a good drop and if you’re feeling patriotic then it’s the one to go for.
- Domaine Terres Georges ‘et Cetera’ Carignan & Grenache & Syrah Minervois 2017 14% £19
I just love this wine it is the very epitome of what French winemaking is all about and it is just so ridiculously charming and delicious. In its own way this is one of the best wines on the planet.
- La Reine de l’Arenite Fleurie Gamay Beaujolais 2018 Vg 13% £22
Good Beaujolais is such a joy with all of that bright black cherry fruit just cascading over your tastebuds. With all that flavour it’s wonderful that the wine is so light and fresh. Just beautiful.
- Boutinot Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages Grenache & Syrah Southern Rhone 2016 Vg 14.5% £24
A great big cuddle in a glass. This field blend of Grenache and Syrah will give any Chateauneuf a run for its money.
- Chateau Lyonnat Lussac-St Emilion Merlot Bordeaux 2012 13% £28
Proof positive that there is still some value in Bordeaux as this enchantingly approachable wine shows. 100% Merlot shows through with supple tannins and elegant fruit. Not the stuffy claret of yesteryear that’s for certain.
- Domaine Berthelemot Monthelie Pinot Noir Cotes du Beaune 2015 Vg 13.5% £38
The holy grail!! A Burgundy Pinot Noir which is ready to drink, approachable and utterly delicious without the need for it to spend years in your cellar. This is seriously terrific wine.
- Chateau Pineraie Cuvee l’Authentique Malbec Cahors 2012 Vg 13% £32
The original Malbec, Cahors has long been praised for its ‘black wines’ these deep brooding monsters can sometimes be a little too ‘chunky’ but not this wine. This wine is silky smooth, intensely flavoured and just makes you sit back and think happy thoughts.
- Kloster Eberbach Spatburgunder Pinot Noir Rheingau 2016 13% £34
German red wine, well I never. So much German red wine stays in Germany because they don’t produce huge quantities but what they do make is seriously high quality. This is one of the best Pinot Noirs you will find anywhere. So elegant it should be wearing a cravat.
- Domaine Papagiannakos Erythros Agiorgitiko & Cabernet Sauvignon Attiki 2016 Vg 12.5% £23
A deliciously broad and welcoming red wine with rich bramble fruit and a delightful little herbaceous twist.
- Monte Schiavo ‘Sassaiolo’ Rosso Piceno Monteplulciano & Sangiovese Marche 2016 Vg 13% £19
One of the best value red wines in Italy and one that flies under the radar so now you’ve noticed it enjoy it. The 50/50 blend is juicily soft, warming and super approachable.
- Contesa Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Montepulciano Abruzzo 2016 Vg 13.5% £23
Not your average Montepulciano this wine is far more bold and intense and that is a very good thing. Plenty of raspy, rich, dark bramble fruit and a texture which is smoother than Colin Firth.
- San Felice Chianti Classico Sangiovese & Colorino & Pugnitello Toscana 2017 Vg 13% £23
This Sangiovese dominated wine is a taste of true Chianti-shire, this soft, approachable red has layers of elegant, complex, autumnal fruit flavours. One of the nicest winemakers around too.
- Feudo Maccari ‘Nere’ Nero d’Avola Sicily 2018 Vg 14% £21
Bold, warming and stacked with flavour but not with aggression as this wine is far more elegant than is normal for this varietal. A delicious Italian alternative to Shiraz.
- Tedeschi ‘Marne 180’ Amarone Corvina & Corvinone & Rondinella & Rossignola & Oselata Veneto 2016 Vg 16.5% £50
Phwooar! This is a wine that requires time and I don’t mean time in the cellar rather your time sat in one of the comfy armchairs just indulging in the sheer hedonistic pleasure that this wine is. Rich, sweet black cherries, deep, textured, length on the palate and then that delicious raisiny spice at the finish.Yummy!
- Alasia Barolo Nebbiolo Piemonte 2014 Vg 13.5% £29
Don’t make the mistake thinking that Barolo is big in the way that Amarone is big, for these great wines from Piemonte are more about breadth and complexity. Yes there is still loads of flavour but it has more subtlety and the layers radiate out like the ripples in a pond, almost infinitely.
- Domaine de Tourelles Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah & Cinsault Bekaa Valley 2016 Vg 14.5% £22
The Lebanon is home to more world class wineries than just Chateau Musar as this truly delightful Rhone style red proves. A rich savoury palate with blackberry and spice flavours and a fine finish.
- Chateau Musar Cabernet Sauvignon & Cinsault & Carignan Bekaa Valley 2012 14.5% £42
Iconic and for good reason, this isn’t just the best wine in the Lebanon but it is also one of the greatest wineries on the face of the Earth. Try it and see what all the fuss is about, ‘cos it’s chuffing awesome (proper wine speak that)
- New Zealand
- Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot & Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay 2014 14% £35
New Zealand isn’t just about Sauvignon Blanc, it is also capable of producing some of the best Bordeaux style wines around and that’s exactly what this wine is. A serious wine which even at this price is ridiculous value.
- Altano Tinto Organic Touriga Franca & Tinta Roriz & Tinta Barroca & Touriga Nacional Douro Valley 2018 Vg 14% £21
Rich, raspy, stewed fruit with wonderful depth and power to it, and it’s organic so it will probably make you look ten years younger too. (This last bit is a blatant lie)
- South Africa
- Waterkloof Estate Circle of Life Syrah & Merlot & Petit Verdot Stellenbosch 2015 Vg 13% £23
Nothing to do with The Lion King and everything to do with hands on, minimal intervention winemaking. The spicy warmth of the Syrah, the juiciness of the Merlot and the structured of the Petit Verdot combine to create a truly harmonious wine.
- Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2017 Vg 14.5% £28
Christo Le Riche was in the bar last year hosting a lovely informal tasting and all the wines we tasted were off the charts brilliant but this was probably my favourite from the evening. This is masterly skills from probably the best Cabernet producer in the Cape.
- The Liberator Episode 21 MSG Mourvedre & Syrah & Grenache Swartland 2017 13.5% £29
There’s GSM, there’s SMG, there’s even SGM but as far as I’m aware an MSG is a first, a Mourvedre, Shiraz and Grenache blend that has been produced in a tiny, never to be repeated, quantity so like the other Liberator wines, get it whilst you can.
- Mineral del Montsant Carinena & Garnacha Montsant 2017 Vg 14.5% £24
Something a little different and new wave Spain at its best. Look out for an intriguing combination of raspberry and slate aromas (far better than it sounds) The palate is vibrant berry fruit with a lick of minerality and a touch of smoke. Gorgeous wine.
- Valenciso Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Rioja 2012 Vg 14.5% £33
An amazing combination of modern and traditional combines to create this ‘natural’ Rioja. A silky smooth multi-faceted tour de force of winemaking skills that shows just how truly great and elegant Rioja can be.
- Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha Campo de Borja 2017 15% £26
This wine features in ‘1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die’ so you could easily tick this off the list. I like this rich, soft, warming wine so much that I am tempted to ask the Big Man if I can take a couple of bottles with me when I finally shuffle off this mortal coil. Heavenly stuff,
- Cline Cellars Old Vine ‘Lodi’ Zinfandel California 2017 Vg 14% £23
Proper Zin, none of this namby-pamby sugar filled nonsense that is all too common, instead this is a riot of silky, soft black cherry fruit and a finish that is rounder than Mr Bounce.
- Wente Vineyards ‘Charles Whetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015 Vg 14.5% £32
I have no idea who Mr Whetmore was but he must have been someone special to have a wine as wonderous as this named after him. Lashings of ripe, spiky blackcurrant fruit which just goes on and on and on.