Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

It’s A Tough Job But….

We felt we were up to the challenge. Yes we’ve supped many wines on your behalf: crisp whites, deep reds and cheeky rosés.

We enjoyed them all but some stood out from the crowd for their flavour, freshness and a certain je ne sais quois.

Read the cards below for the formal description of the wine; then flip the card to get our review and rating.

Red Wine Reviews

White Wine Reviews

Rose Wine Reviews

Red Wine Reviews

Campo Viejo Rioja

Formal description: Vibrant Tempranillo wine with rich aromas that have a pronounced intensity. On the palate, it is perfumed, soft and fresh with a long finish with notes of fruits, vanilla and cocoa.
Country / Region – Spain / Rioja
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £7

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Lagunilla Reserva 2011

Formal description: A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. An enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.
Country / Region – Spain / Rioja
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £10

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Tsantali Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Formal description: This is a juicy, medium-bodied and elegant Greek red made from organically grown Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Country / Region - Halkidiki / Greece
Alcohol Content – 14%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £8.50

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Porta 6 2015/2016 Lisboa

Formal description: Quintessentially Portuguese red, offering plenty of warm, jammy forest fruit flavours combined with heady aromas of violets and touches of spice. Supple, chewy tannins provide texture and length.
Country / Region – Portugal / Lisbon
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £9

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Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2016 Clare Valley

Formal description: A soft and fleshy Shiraz boasting a lively palate of juicy red berry fruits, plum and spice, along with subtle chocolate and savoury characters from the oak maturation.
Country / Region - Australia / Clare Valley
Alcohol Content – 14%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £12

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Canaro Barbaresco 2014

Formal description: The grapes for this wine come from older vines which enable a sweet perfume of wild red roses. The ageing in barrel assists with the development of smooth, dried red fruit flavours and well-rounded tannins.
Country / Region - Italy / Piemonte
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £14

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Blason du Rhône Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015

Formal description: Ripe cherry and berry flavours with a layer of gentle warming spices behind. Rich and spicy, it displays all the qualities you expect from a top producer, while also offering value for money.
Country / Region - Rhone / France
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £15

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Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2015

Formal description: The aromatic profile expresses the sweetness and gentleness of red and black fruits, with light touches of marmalade. Deep yet subtle notes from the oak barrel ageing, and on the palate this Malbec is pleasant, sweet and profound, with a long and smooth finish.
Country / Region - Argentina / Mendoza
Alcohol Content – 15.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £13

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Tongue in Groove, Cabal Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Waipara

Formal description: Fragrant, rhubarb, cranberry and mocha, lovely structure with ripe acidity, good tannic depth giving structure to the ripe earthy, red fruit dominated palate.
Country / Region – New Zealand / North Canterbury
Alcohol Content – 14%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £26

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Château de Lacarelle 2016 Beaujolais-Villages

Formal description: Ripe yet sappy and fresh, this is a lovely example of the open, inviting Beaujolais style and uncomplicated charm.
Country / Region - France / Beaujolais
Alcohol Content – 12.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £7.75

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White Wine Reviews

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Formal description: New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.
Country / Region – New Zealand / Marlborough
Alcohol Content – 12.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £10

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Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Estate Chardonnay 2012

Formal description: A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured palate full of citrus and stone fruit character. Match with all seafood or white fish dishes.
Country / Region – UK / Kent
Alcohol Content – 11.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £15

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Tongue In Groove Riesling 2014

Formal description: The wine shows aromas of honey and a bit of petrol, plus Golden Delicious apple, stone fruit and lime flavors. It's medium to full-bodied and off-dry in style with a finish that's long, rich and spicy.
Country / Region – New Zealand / Waipara
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £21

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Vouvray, Clos le Vigneau, Château Gaudrelle 2016

Formal description: The ebullient Alexandre Monmousseau took over his family's estate in 1984. He makes classic Vouvray in the 'sec-tendre' style with just the right amount of residual sugar to balance out the racy acidity of the Chenin Blanc grape.
Country / Region – France / Loire Valley
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £14

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Cune Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco

Formal description: A marvellously rich and creamy, soft-fruit style white Rioja that is full of elegance and charm. With immediate citrus character on the palate, this wine benefits from fermentation in cask, which rounds out the flavours.
Country / Region – Spain / Rioja
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £8

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Kuhlmann-Platz Gewürztraminer 2016 Cave de Hunawihr

Formal description: Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. A gently sweet palate with firm acidity that dries and lengthens the finish. Best enjoyed with pungent soft cheeses such as Munster, or with spiced oriental cuisine.
Country / Region – France / Alsace
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £9

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Atlantique Sauvignon Blanc

Formal description: Bright and vibrant with fresh citrus aromatics and flavours of apple and ripe pears. Vibrant tropical fruit and citrus aromas blend with intensely fruity and zesty flavours making this a fresh and delicious crowd pleaser.
Country / Region – France / Loire
Alcohol Content – 11%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £6

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Lindemans Bin 1355 Hunter Valley Semillon

Formal description: Typical of the variety, this wine has fresh lemon, grapefruit rind and cut grass aromas. The palate is fresh and even with lemon flavours with a zesty acid finish.
Country / Region - Australia / Hunter Valley
Alcohol Content – 10.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £10

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Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis

Formal description: The nose displays mineral, flinty aromas, hints of citrus and subtle buttery notes, while the lively palate is packed with lemony grapefruit flavours and a steely finish.
Country / Region - France / Burgundy
Alcohol Content – 12.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £13

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Forte Alto Pinot Grigio

Formal description: With a bright straw yellow colour, this wine has delicate and fruity aromas and a palate that balances almond and stone fruit flavours.
Country / Region - Italy / Trentino
Alcohol Content – 12%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £8

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Rose Wine Reviews

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

Formal description: This tantalising blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre is one of the most exciting cuvées from Côtes de Provence to grace the shelves of wine shops in a long time.
Country / Region – France / South of France
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £17

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Mateus Rosé Original

Formal description: A rosé with a very appealing and bright hue. On the whole, it is a fresh and seductive wine with fine and intense bouquet and all the joviality of young wines. In the mouth, it is a well balanced and tempting wine, brilliantly complemented by a soft and slightly fizzy finish.
Country / Region - Portugal / Alentejo
Alcohol Content – 11%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £4

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Ameztoi Rubentis Rosado, 2016

Formal description: Light brilliant pink. Incisive, mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents, along with a suave floral nuance. Silky and sharply focused on the palate, showing juicy strawberry, orange zest and mineral qualities and a deeper suggestion of peach pit.
Country / Region - Spain / Getariako Txakolina
Alcohol Content – 11%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £13

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Petticoat White Zinfandel 2017

Formal description: If you're a rosé fan susceptible to the charms of fruity New World wines, Petticoat is a sure-fire hit. It's made from California's 'original Zin' (Zinfandel), a grape that produces dark, brooding, powerful reds, but also this cheeky, fresh pink.
Country / Region – USA / California
Alcohol Content – 11.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £9

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Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé

Formal description: An ethereal pale-pink colour with silver reflections, beautiful clarity and a beguiling nose of citrus, grapefruit and a hint of lychee. Pronounced mineral structure and elegant wild strawberry.
Country / Region - France / Provence
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £13

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The Ned Rosé 2017

Formal description: Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are gently pressed to extract colour while minimising tannin. Yeast strains are selected to enhance aromatic intensity. On the nose and palate this wine is all about summer berries matched with a creamy texture.
Country / Region - New Zealand / Marlborough
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £11

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Pizarras de Otero Mencía Rosé

Formal description: A vivid, deeply coloured rosé, with an intense raspberry and redcurrant character and leafy undertones. Firmly structured, with well-balanced acidity, good grip and a crisp finish.
Country / Region – Spain / Bierzo
Alcohol Content – 13%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £9

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Porcupine Ridge Rosé

Formal description: This wine is made with Cinsault and Syrah grapes from vineyards in the Swartland - South Africa's most exciting region. Dark berry fruit, perfume and spice. Dry, with a soft, peach melba finish.
Country / Region - South Africa / Swartland
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £8

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Niepoort Redoma Rosé, 2015

Formal description: With a light and bright salmon hue, the Redoma Rosé has a very fine aroma, of dried flowers, red fruit and a slight smoky profile. It is fresh in the mouth, with presence and some volume, showing that it is a highly gastronomic Rosé. The fresh fruit and mineral notes are in harmony, providing a very long and delicate finish.
Country / Region - Portugal / Duoro
Alcohol Content – 12.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £16

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Domaine Lafond Tavel Rose Roc-Epine, 2016

Formal description: One of the most full-bodied rosés. Tavel is primarily based on Grenache. It's full body and mellow mouthful make it an ideal companion to turkey or ham. The bouquet reminds of strawberry and cassis with notes of herbs and ‘garrigue’ (the smell of herbs/underbrush/citrus that dominates the air in the south of France).
Country / Region - France / Rhone
Alcohol Content – 13.5%
Supermarket Price Range - Approx £16

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