These wines have been selected because of their unique styles, and represent a variety of unusual grape varieties, production methods, and regions of origin. Wildcards one and all, you won’t find these on a standard wine list.
Ai Galera Mistico Blanco
Tejo, Portugal 2019
An overlooked wine region with fantastic potential. A blend of Fernão Pires and Verdelho, this wine is tropical and zesty with a surprisingly refreshing finish. Try this up and coming wine region now.
Château Dereszla Dry Tokaji
Not all Tokaji is sweet. This regions produces some stunning dry wine from the Furmint grape. Lemon and lime on the nose. A full texture on the palate from a few months on lees. This wine packs a serious zesty punch.
Shumi Winery Tsinandali
Kakheti Region, Georgia 2018
Shumi Winery takes its name from an old Georgian word that means 'authentic, undiluted wine'. Made from hand-harvested Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane (ask at the bar for pronunciation), this is a great example of why Georgia have been creating high quality wines for thousands of years. A rich nose and nutty palate with a very generous finish.
Château Megyer Hárslevelu
Tokaj, Hungary 2018
Ever tried 100% Hárslevelu? This fresh crisp and slightly savoury Hungarian grape is a delight. With peach and apricot fruity flavours on the nose leading to a crisp refreshing palate. A very good example of what a pure Hárslevelu should taste like.
Château Rouquette sur Mer Cuvée Arpège
La Clape, France 2018
Located in the Aude department, AOC La Clape extends from Narbonne to the Mediterranean over an area of 17 kilometers in length and width. This appellation was once lost to the ocean, giving a unique terroir that is reflected here in the Bourboulenc grape.
Txomín Etxaníz Txakolí
Pays Basque, Spain 2019
Made of the grape Hondarrabi Zuri (try pronouncing this after a few glasses). A lively light wine with a little spritz. This is a very refreshing a unique and interesting wine from the Pays Basque.
Macedonia, Greece 2017
This is a 'Blanc de Noir', normally a term associated with sparkling. This all-natural, low sulphite wine is amber in colour from a small amount of skin contact from the Xinomavro grape. Some toffee on the nose with almond and hazelnut. This wine has a well-balanced palate, very more-ish and utterly delicious.
Tendu Cortese Clarksburg, Lodi
California, USA 2018
You heard us right a 100% Cortese (the grape used in Gavi) from the USA. You don't get much lower intervention than this. No fining, filtering or cold stabilisation. This is a very accurate representation of the grape. So much fruit on the nose with a ripe almost alive palate of red apple and melon. An absolute stunner, a real wine lover's wine.
Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier
Another one of those white wines made from red grapes. This is one of the finest still wines we've tasted from England, made from one of the classic Champagne varieties. The aroma resembles still high- end champagne some bread and honeyed notes. With a much more viscous mouthfeel than you might expect from an English wine. Just get yourself a bottle and you'll understand just how far England has come in producing great wines.
Calusari Pinot Noir
Calusari Pinot Noir is produced by a leading Romanian vineyard Cramele Recas, in a region which excites wine guru Jancis Robinson MW, who believes this country could become a top Pinot producer. A soft and juicy wine with a smooth finish.
Ribas del Cua
Bierzo, Spain 2018
A fantastic example of the Spanish Mencia grape from a family-run winery. Super aromatic nose with a palate of raspberries, cassis, blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry. So much going on in this bottle.
Salta, Argentina 2019
Quara is produced by Familia Felix Lavaque who boast a 140-year history and five generations of winemakers. Their Tannat, as the name suggests, is a small, thick-skinned red grape that provides wine with huge structure. The high-altitude farming gives the wine good acidity with a ripe red fruity finish.
Terra D'Alter Alfrocheiro
Alentejo, Portugal 2019
Australian Peter Bright is the oenologist in charge of Terra d'Alter wines. Peter is the original 'flying winemaker' and has been based in Portugal since 1982. Alfrocheiro known as the Pinot of Portugal is light and delicate with ripe cherries and spice on nose and palate with balanced acidity and good structure.
Shumi Winery Saperavi
Kakheti Region, Georgia 2018
Saperavi means 'something to colour with'. It is one of only a few grape varieties that have red juice along with red skin. This makes for very inky wines with velvety mouth feel and rich finish. This wine is no exception. It has a strongly developed, complex bouquet and a balanced, harmonious taste.
Terre Siciliane Frappato Baglio di Pianetto
Sicily, Italy 2019
The wines are made with the idea of producing fresh wines with strong Sicilian heritage keeping the focus on the quality and sustainability of the production process. Ripe and fruity with distinctive red rose and floral notes. A very easy drinking red.
Weingut Dautel Trollinger
Wurttemburg, Germany 2019
Here the Trollinger grape, also known as Schiava, produces a lovely, perfumed wine, A high-yielding grape that ripens very late, it produces fragrant, fruity, light wines with a pronounced acidity.
Bouchon Family Wines Pais Salvaje
La Clape, France 2019
Pais has played a huge part in Chilean wine making. Up until recently it was their most planted grape. Pesky Cabernet Sauvignon overtook it! The grapes grow naturally on untrained vines and are hand harvested. Very fruity and juicy wine, a little flintiness on the nose with a cherry Bakewell finish. A really good drop.
Domaine Jones 'Hairy Grenache'
This is Grenache but not as you know it! It is 100% Lledoner Pelut aka 'hairy Grenache', and we love it. It has delicious raspberry and strawberry fruit on the nose and a delightful smoothness in the mouth. It gets its name from the grapes' resemblence to Grenache but having fluffy 'hairy' leaves on the vine.
Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve
Virginia, USA 2014
Virginia is one of the top unsung American wine regions. With vines originating from the Loire Valley, this is a unique representation of the Cabernet Franc grape. The wine has only got better from some time in bottle, now showing rich raspberry and some cacao aromas, leading to a full, intense palate.
Benevolent Neglect Counoise
California, USA 2018
Two blocks of Counoise, one planted in the 1920s, the other in the 1970s, make up this wine. The Counoise grape is more commonly know for being one of the grapes that make up the Châteauneuf- du-Pape blend. However, it stands alone fantastically here with huge wild berries and soft summer fruit, with a soft and scrummy mouthfeel. A real treat of a wine.
Stonecroft Undressed Syrah
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 2018
As the name suggests, this wine has had nothing added and nothing taken away. The natural style of this wine seems to amplify the classic characteristics of the grape. Some white pepper and strawberry notes leap out the glass with the palate being very clean and full. The acid balances the wine perfectly.
Bekka Valley, Lebanon 2000
The 2000 vintage of Château Musar is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan - approximately a third of each. It was fermented in cement and then aged for one year in French oak barriques, A nose of leather, fig black tea and tobacco, with rich savoury flavours. At 20 years old, this is a real wine discovery.