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What makes our wines green...
 
Lightweight Bottle (LW)
 
These wines are packaged in lightweight glass bottles weighing 356g or less – a saving of almost 25% of the glass used in an average bottle. Lighter glass means a cut in carbon emissions from both the manufacturing process and transportation.
  • Reducing bottle weight of these wines not only saves 195 tonnes of glass every year, it also reduces CO2 emissions by 621 tonnes (equivalent to taking 196 cars off the road)
  • Green bottles used for UK bottling have a minimum of 85% recycled glass content and clear bottles 35%.
 
Sustainable Practices (S)
 
The producers of these wines are neither certified organic, biodynamic nor ISO14001 but are notable for their drive and enthusiasm when it comes to taking action to protect the environment and to promote sustainability. Activities include supporting local biodiversity projects, following integrated pest management systems to minimise chemical use and drastically reducing the amount of water they use.
 
Ethical Trading or Fairtrade (E)
 
These producers in developing countries ensure labour rights for their workers and are certified ethical traders. We also have Fairtrade wines from Argentina and South Africa that go beyond this and directly help
community projects in villages where the winery workers and grape growers live.
 
Environmentally Friendly Wines (ISO)
 
Many of our producers are now certified with ISO14001. This may sound a little dull but this series of international standards helps to create an environmental management system to guide and audit work in the winery as well as the vineyard.
 
Organic (O)
 
Only natural fertilizers may be used; chemical herbicides and pesticides are banned; only certain natural preparations may be used against rot or mildew. Many winemakers who practice organic viticulture prefer not to go through a certification process – they just farm that way because it’s better for the wine.
 
Biodynnamic (Bio)
 
Biodynamic viticulture views the soil (and indeed the Earth) as a living entity, with daily and seasonal rhythms influenced by the positions of the moon, planets and stars. A holistic approach respects these forces and implements the use of special preparations instead of chemicals which enhance the growing conditions.
 
Carbon Neutral (CN)
 
As Josh Jensen of Calera put it – Simplicity = Complexity. If you want top produce the best wine, make in the most simple way. That means working organically and biodynamically. Reducing the carbon footprint will be included in any environmental management system and some of our producers have gone one step further and are also carbon neutral.
 
Natural Wine (N)
 
Also known as minimal intervention. Grapes are grown in a vineyard that is farmed organically or biodynamically (see above). Grapes are harvested by hand, fermentation occurs using only indigenous yeasts naturally present in the vineyard and cellar, allowing the true flavours of the grapes and the mineral qualities of the soil to be expressed. Sulphur Dioxide is not used or is limited to as small a dose as possible. Wine-making without SO2 is difficult, and requires, in the opinion of most natural wine-makers, grapes grown organically in vineyards with healthy wild yeast populations, as well as experience and careful work in the cellar, resulting in beautifully complex and pure aromatics and lovely flavours with more "terroir" character.
 
 

 

                                                                                                                                                               125ml          175ml      
Champagne & Sparkling Wine                                                                               Bottle             Glass             Glass
 
Prosecco Spumante Cantine Giol, Italy (S)                                                                  £29.00         £6.50
Fullof persistant bubbles with a bouquet of white fleshed fruits. Delicate and finely structured with hints of biscuit and apple
 
A. Fourtin Brut NV, Champagne (S)                                                                                £42.00         £7.50
A. Fourtin is a range of modestly priced Champagnes from top sites in the Champagne region, Vinified by winemakers Laurent Vailant and Christophe Pitois. The palate is refreshing with a touch honey complexity and a long, fine textured finish.
 
Veuve Cliquot                                                                                                                       £60.00
With its signature label, Veuve Yellow Label has earned its reputation for being ‘Best in Class’. When you are looking to impress a friend, colleague or loved one with a true gem in Champagne, there is simply no better choice than Veuve Yellow Label.
 
Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut Vintage NV, Champagne (S)                             £78.00
Pure Pinot Noir fruit with extraordinary depth and freshness
 
White Wines
 
                                                                                                                            125ml          175ml      
White Wine                                                                               Bottle             Glass             Glass
 
 
Sauvignon Blanc Touchstone, 2012 Chile                                         £21             £4          £5.80
Crisp dry, lime and gooseberry-flavoured. The fruit is rich and so it doesn't feel overly dry.
 
IGT delle Venezie Pinot Grigio Touchstone, 2011/12 Italy              £18           £3.50     £5.30
Sweet green pea and summer orchard fruits in this well-balanced and easy-going wine.
 
Chardonnay Touchstone, 2011/12 Chile                                         £19           £3.80     £5.60
Soft and full bodied, tropical fruits abound with a lingering creamy finish.
 
Ponte Pietra Trebbiano/Garganega 2012                                            £18            £3.50     £5.30
Made from the same grape varieties as Soave, with a similar drinking style. Loads of ripe fruit but balanced with mouth-watering acidity.
 
 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012                                                      £30
 Kevin Judd, the owner and Wine Maker of Greywacke, was actually born in Totton just down the road. Kevin put Marlborough and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the wine map.Greywacke is fully certified by the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme (SWNZ) and the vineyards are in conversion to becoming certified organic.
 
VDP d’Oc Chardonnay/Roussanne Chateau Brau, 2011/12 France          £25
A luscious dry white with plenty of delicious tropical fruit flavours. Totally refreshing.
 
Adobe Gewurztraminer Emiliana Organico, 2012 Chile                      £22         £5.80
Something completely different with a vibrant finish An aromatic wine with hints of orange blossom and candied citrus fruits.if you like Sauvignon Blanc this is one to try.
 
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi superiore Barone Pizzini, 2011 Italy         £28
If you like Italian wines you’ll love this one. Striking citrus fruits with the trademark nutty flavours which the Verdicchio grape is rightly famous.
 
Gruner Veltliner Meinklang Vineyards, 2011/12 Austria                       £28           £6.50
Grüner Veltliner is an Austrian grape variety that's increasing its fan club far beyond wine critics and sommeliers. Signatures are a mineral freshness, green fruits and zippy, slightly peppery finish. Tempted? Try it and tell us what you think.
 
Opou Riesling Milton Vineyards, 2011 New Zealand                           £32
James Milton – a leading global pioneer in biodynamics - established Milton Vineyards at four vineyard locations in 1984 under the wine appellation of Gisbourne. He was the first producer in New Zealand to gain Bio-Gro certification for organic production. Zesty, mouth- watering, low in alcohol and semi-dry in taste, layered with lime, hints of pineapples and grapefruit with something altogether more exotic.
 
Te Arai Chenin Blanc Milton Vineyards, 2010 New Zealand               £36
Another cracking wine from Milton Vineyards and one of the top 100 wines we think you’ve just got to try. First, you smell ripe apple, quince, acacia honey and waxy pears, next you get tastes of a rich honeyed character but with refreshing acidity.
 
Petit Chablis Domaine Jean Goulley, 2011 France                               £39
Petit in name only. Classic Chablis, full of racy, apply fruits with hints of the mineral, toast and green honey. Nicely crafted wine.
 
 
Rose
 
 
IGP les Alpilles Rose Domaine de Costebonne,                                       £22         £4.20        £5.90
2012 France  
Southern French rosé made from grapes basking in the hot Mediterranean sunshine, creating this fragrant, fruity pink that's all about easy-drinking..
 
Pinot Noir/Merlot Classic Rose Albet I Noya, 2012 Spain                        £25         £4.80     £6.50
A popular moreish pink that works for the colder months as well as the summer. Raspberry and strawberry flavours together in one glass.
 
Reds
 
Cabernet Sauvignon Touchstone, 2011/12 Chile                                         £21        £4          £5.80
Lovely ripe blackcurrant fruits, soft tannins and good length.
 
Malbec Domaine Bousquet, 2012 Argentina                                               £26    £5.20   £7.30
You can pick up the vanilla and spice that the oak brings without losing any of the black plum, blackberry and dark cherry fruits that Malbec is famous for.
 
IGP Pays d’Oc ‘Pure’ Pinot Noir Chateau Brau, 2011 France                    £30
Summer berry fruits and a long length of flavour. Chunkier than some Pinot Noirs, this wine works well with high flavour foods.
 
Chianti Poggiosecco, 2010 Italy                                                                £28
Tuscan red with a gentle spice and savoury edge. !00% Sangiovese. Great paired with roasted meats.
La Cote Pinot Noir Milton Vineyards, 2011 New Zealand                          £39
A classic Burgundian style of Pinot Noir, with beautiful earthy, mushroom, cherry and freshly-picked strawberry flavours. Another contender from James Milton’s Vineyards and Winery under the wine appellation of Gisbourne, NZ. James was the first producer in New Zealand to gain Bio-Gro certification for organic production in 1989.
 
Dessert Wines
Vietti Cascinetta Moscato d’Asti 2010, Italy (37.5cl)                                     £29.00              £3.90
Pale sunshine yellow colour and slight frizzante, this Moscato has intense aromas of peaches, rose petals and ginger. On the palate it is delicately sweet and sparkling with modest acidity, good balance, good complesity and a finish of fresh apricots.
 
Maury Grenat Els Pyreneus Grenache 2007,France (50cl)                         £34.00              £4.60
Deep purple and intense fresh fruit aromas. Beautifully balanced on palate blending cassis and strawberries with chocolate in a luxuriously rich finish.
 
Marlborough late Harvest Riesling 2009, Rock Ferry (37.5cl)                     £35.00              £4.80
An opulent desert wine that has layers of ginger, summer orchard fruit, citrus and vanilla beautifully woven through. Refreshingly sweet!