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.
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.
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.
Champagne & Sparkling Wine Bottle Glass Glass
Jeio Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG Brut NV, Italy (S) £29.00 £6.50
Handpicked / Sustainable
A magnificent Magnum of our favourite fizz. Notes of pear and apple blossom, delicate bubbles and huge thirst quenching ability.
Jeio Rose IGT NV, Italy (S) £30.00
Elegant & complex nose with rose notes, hints of fresh fruit, citrus & lychees.
Pinot Chardonnay 2008,Dorset, England £39.00
English Traditional Quality Sparkling Wine with a fresh, crisp and aperitif style.
Classic Cuvѐe 2009, Dorset, England
International Medal Winner!
Fruity and harmonious taste and good length focussed on freshness. £48.00 £8.50
Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV, Champagne (S) £56.00 £9.50
Bruno Paillard is the dynamo behind one of the region's youngest Champagne Houses and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 2006 for his services to Champagne
Laurent-Perrier Brut Vintage 2002, Champagne (S) £69.00
Very elegant, blending ripe fruit aromas with hints of crème brulee. The wine is bottle-aged for a minimum of seven years
Dry & Elegant
Terre Forti Trebbiano/Chardonnay Rubicone 2010, Italy (ISO) £19.00
Light and fresh with plenty of pear citrus and apple fruit. From the home of Parma ham and Parmesan cheese.
Palena Sauvignon Blanc, Chile (S) £21.00 £4.10 £5.50
Crisp and clean, a tropical fruit salad with underlying aromas of fresh cut grass.
Castro Martin Family Estate Albarino Sobre Lias 2010, Spain (O) £35.00
with an abundance of peachy, lime zest fruit on the nose but more weight and concentration than most examples of the grape. Jasmine, apricot, lemon, nectarine and lime are all present and correct.
Chablis Domaine des Marronniers 2009, France (S/LW) £38.00
Brilliant benchmark Chablis with clean, incisive Chardonnay fruit: green apples, hints of honey, lemon & limes, stony minerality & just a whisper of richness behind. No oak, just a pure Chablis style.
Sancerre Blanc La Cote Blanche Eric Louis 2010, France (O) £39.00
Though avoiding the bureaucratic headaches associated with certification, Eric tends his vines organically, limits yields, and schedules pruning, ploughing and picking according to lunar cycles.
Fresh & Crisp
La Picoutine Ugni Blanc/Colombard Vin de France 2010, France (S) £19.00
Fresh lemony aromas, balancing acidity and a good clean finish.
La Maglia Rosa Pinot Grigio 2010, Italy (ISO) £22.00 £4.20 £5.60
Pleasant nose of fruits with delicate floral notes.
Vouvray Clos Berger Paul Buisse 2010, France (S) £24.00
There is, of course, more to sweetness than sugar, as the acidity and balance of a wine has a huge impact on how sweet the wine is perceived to be on the palate, resulting somewhere between roundness and freshness.
Stellenrust Chardonnay 2010, South Africa (E) £25.00 £4.70 £6.45
The founder has always been a passionate man and his biggest dream was always to give back to the workers what they have helped give him - his dream was fulfilled in 2005 when he made the workers majority shareholders for 100ha of the 400ha farm, rewarding them for their hard work and perseverance.
Furleigh Estate Bachus Dry 2010, Dorset, England £26.00 £4.80 £6.55
Crisp. Aromas of elderflower and citrus fruits, a refreshing palate and long lasting finish.
Navaherreros Blanco de Bernabeleva, Madrid 2009, Spain (N) £39.00
Made from vineyards planted in the 1920’s and then lost during the Second World War, these wines rarely leaves the Madrid area, typically disappearing immediately into the city's numerous wine bars, restaurants, and people's homes. Made from a very rare grape variety called Albillo, it is unlike anything any of us had tasted before, it is really something special.
Floral & Spicy
Vinedos de la Posada Torrontes Fairtrade 2010, Argentina (E/O) £21.00
Yes, there is more to Argentina than Malbec from Mendoza This exotically aromatic dry white is a great way to meet the country’s second great gift to the world of wine.
Ceps du Sud Viognier, France (S) £26.00
Wonderfully aromatic with peach and dried apricots on the nose and a fresh finish
Huia Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010, New Zealand (BIO/CN) £34.00
Intense and fruity with zesty, lip-tingling gooseberry, greengage and lime notes undelined with just a hint of tropical passion fruit.
Rich & Luxurious
A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris 2009, USA (S) £34.00
Powerful aromatics are redolent of ripe citrus fruits, acacia flowers, tropical fruits, lychee, powdered sugar, honeysuckle, nectarines & pineapple.
Beta Delta Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio Lageder 2010, Italy (Bio/CN) £39.00
Alois Lageder is one of Italy's foremost winemakers. The wines are made in a solar-powered state-of-the-art winery (which was certified carbon neutral in 2007). The house style is all about freshness, elegance and purity of fruit. These are finely chiselled wines with real definition, but immense charm too.
Journeys End Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010, South Africa (O) £45.00
Ripe and juicy with citrus and tropical aromas mixed with a toasty creamy edge from the oak barrels.
Hermitage Blanc Le Miaux 2006, Domaine Ferranton, Rhone Valley £58.00
An aroma of acacia and fresh flowers on the nose, and the palate is soft, with hints of white peach. It's a wine with opulence and stature but elegance too.
Chateau Couhins-Lurton Cru Classe Pessac-Leognan 2004, France (ISO) £62.00
A 100%-Sauvignon Blanc wine that's typically dominated by the citrus fruit character of its variety early on but which deepens with several years in the bottle to show more complex, mineral soil character. The 2003 vintage of Chateau Couhins-Lurton was the first classified Bordeaux wine to be sealed with an alternative wine closure when it was released with a stelvin screw cap closure.
Petit Papillon Grenache Rose IGP d'Oc 2010, France (S) £19.00 £3.90 £4.95
Fresh and aromatic nose of raspberries and spices. This wine is lively and rich on the palate
Conto Vecchio Pinot Grigio Blush 2010, Italy (ISO) £22.00 £4.20 £5.60
What is remarkable about this Pinot Grigio is undoubtedly its slightly pink colour, reminiscent of the grapes from which it is made. The nose is fruity, slightly floral and pleasant; particularly crisp and balanced palate.
Furleigh Estate Sea Pink 2010, Dorset, England £25.00 £4.70 £6.45
Well-balanced, silky smooth with aromas of cream and wild strawberries.
Soft & Smooth
La Serre Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009/10, France (S) £21.00 £4.10 £5.50
A really good Southern French Cabernet with lifted, spicy floral notes on the nose and a juicy, medium-bodied palate with savoury cassis and blackberry fruit and fine, ripe tannins.
Vinedos de la Posada Merlot Fairtrade 2010, Argentina (E/O) £23.00 £4.30 £5.90
Intense aromas and full of plum, cherry and hints of hazelnut, this is one of the best Fairtrade red wines we have come across!
Castillo de Clavijo Rioja Crianza 2007, Spain (ISO) £28.00
Good intensity and smooth complexity of ripe red-berries, spices and vanilla with a reminder of its time in the barrel coming through.
Huia Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010, New Zealand (Bio/CN) £39.00
Not only are the vineyards free of chemicals and reliant on natural practices, but Clare and Mike also have cows wandering through the vines, wild flowers growing at their roots and if you are sharp eyed you might catch sight of a gnome or two...
Chateau Lamartre St-Emilion Grand Cru 2008, France (S) £48.00
A big rich St-Emilion with ripe blackberry, damson and black cherry fruit. Sweet, juicy tannins, spicy cinnamon and cedar oak and lively acidity complete the picture
Volnay Roche de Bellene Vieilles Vignes 2007, Burgundy (O) £69.00
Lovely aromatics and juicy sweet core of fruit. Very fine tannins gently coat the palate and tight up the finish with a swathe of pure minerality.
Bright & Juicy
Petit Papillon Grenache Rouge IGP d'Oc 2009, France (S) £19.00
Intense nose of fruity aromas (Cherries, blackcurrants) completed by floral notes (violets). Round and soft on the palate with a long lingering finish.
Ceppaiano Chianti 2010, Italy (O) £25.00
The constant sea breezes, the particular luminosity and the Mediterranean climate result in ripe grapes with enough sugars to produce a dense, fruity and velvety Chianti.
Aglianico del Vulture Terra di Vulcano Bisceglia 2008, Italy (O) £29.00
Aglianico is probably southern Italy’s best red grape variety. Like Nebbiolo, Aglianico is a dark-skinned, late-ripening grape that traditionally produces full-bodied, age-worthy wines that are often referred to as the “Barolos of the south.”
Chateau Bonnet Reserve Bordeaux Rouge 2006, France (S) £34.00
“These wines are very fine, humbly priced, and are made by highly motivated, sometimes compulsive/obsessive proprietors. I enthusiastically recommend that readers search them out.” Robert Parker, ' Bordeaux : The Comprehensive Guide'.
Chiroubles Clos Les Farges Domaine Cheysson 2009, France (S) £39.00
The winery was established in the 17th century, the old family home is still on the site which houses France's oldest tennis court! Bright, violet colour with punnet after punnet of fresh summer berries.
Spicy & Earthy
Chilcas Carmenere Seleccionados 2010, Chile (O) £19.00 £3.90 £4.95
Attractive and intense, the nose reveals fruit aromas such as strawberry, raspberry, and black plum. Great volume and silky tannins on the palate.
Saam Mountain Paarl Shiraz 2009, South Africa (E/S) £25.00
In 1972 Saam put aside a specific area of their farm where they found endangered Geometric Tortoises and so founded the first Provincial Nature Reserve in Africa. They also have 1,000ha which are made up of wetlands, sand, mountains areas with fynbos and very special protected bulb species.
Cotes du Rhone Les Isles Neuves Certified Organic 2008, France (O) £27.00
Deep red with ruby hues. Vibrant aromas of raspberries and spices on the nose. Ample and well-balanced with a long lingering finish.
St Chinian Cuvee Louise Domaine de Montplo 2007, France (S) £27.00
Only producing one wine a year, this is packed with black cherry, combined with spices, roasted vanilla and truffle.
Furleigh Estate Tyrannosaurus 2009, Dorset, England £28.00 £5.10 £6.90
Rich and full of ripe plum flavours, soft oak tannins with just a touch of vanilla.
St Hallett Garden of Eden Shiraz 2008, Barossa, Australia (ISO) £34.00
The lifted bright fruit jumps out of the glass, with prominent flavours of raspberry, menthol and pepper spice. The tannins are soft and supple, but firm enough to give the wine great length on the palate. This is a super smooth wine, with a touch of lively acidity.
Zinfandel, 2008 Barra Estate, California ,USA (O) £35.00
Classic Zinfandel with Spicy, jammy black fruits and lively tannins.
Deep & Rich
Tilia Malbec Mendoza 2010, Argentina (S) £25.00 £4.70 £6.45
Tilia work to a very strict program of sustainable farming where many practices are of organic standards. The family farmers all live in or very close to their vineyards and often bike to and from work every day.
Finca El Puig Priorat 2005, Spain (O) £54.00
A blend of 100 year old vine Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon with dashes of Merlot and Syrah, it is fresh and floral with liquorice, plum and raspberry notes mixed with cocoa and wild herbs.
Brunello di Montalcino Castello Banfi 2005, Tuscany, Italy (ISO) £74.00
Castello Banfi was the first winery to be internationally recognised for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility. Complex with sweet but delicate notes of jam, well integrated plum and dark cherry, as well as some attractive liquorice, tobacco and leather notes.
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!