The Wine List

Current selection of available wines 


Sparkling wine

Castillo Perelada Stars Cava Brut Natur 2014 (Empordà) - our current cava is from the established bodega of Castillo Perelada in the Empordá region of Catalunya. Stars is a dry Brut Natur style with lots of complexity owing to a minimum of twelve months in bottle prior to disgorging. The nose  has yeasty notes due to its bottle ageing, yet it's fresh, clean and fruity. The wine is smooth and balanced in the mouth, with a generous amount of fine bubbles on the crown.  Good with most tapas, but great with grilled seafood. 


Castillo Perelada Rosado Brut Perelada Brut Rosado offers a different touch of colour with its blend of red varietal wines (Garnatxa, Pinot Noir and Trepat). An original rosé cava made according to the traditional method. Pale cherry red, clean and bright. It has a fruity aroma with a slight ageing tone. Lighter and slightly less dry, this is a great aperitif wine or wonderful with desserts. 


Sherry

Bodegas Barón Xixarito Manzanilla Pasada 'en rama' - en rama literally means 'raw' and this is essentially unrefined sherry straight from the cask, unfiltered and then bottled. The only way to try this kind of raw sherry would normally be in Andalucia at one of the Bodegas that sell sherry in bulk, but more and more producers are experimenting with en rama for the market at large.  Non-filtered means the colour is darker, the flavours more intense, and the flor can be apparent in the wine. After 10 years in barrel, Xixarito (pronounced 'Jiarito' meaning 'little pea') is lighter at 15% ABV than many Manzanillas and has salty, almond and apple flavours. It's light to drink and goes perfectly with mature almonds, hard cheeses (like a good matured manchego) and jamón. 


White Wine

NEW  Gran Cerdo Blanco 2017 (Rioja - not classified) 80% Viura based white wine and includes 20% of other varietals including Reisling, Muscat and Gewurtztraminer plus 6 others. Natural wine with low sulphur (no sulphur added) although sulphur is a natural bi-product of the wine making process, required to stop oxidization and keep wine fresh. This is a light, fresh wine but with some backbone.  Peaches and lemons on the palate, so it's great with fish, seafood and veg tapas. 'Big Pig' is a reference to the bank managers that wouldn’t fund him when he started the vineyard! (Natural, Organic, Biodynamic, Vegan)

Coral do Mar Albariño 2017 (DO Rias Baixas) - estate grown and bottled Albariño shows typical stone fruit and citrus characters as well as tropical notes, all held together by a crisp backbone of clean, fresh acidity.  Founded by the Mendez Family in 2002 the Pazo do Mar winery is dedicated to the production of Galician wine from native varieties. The vineyards are situated 150m above sea level on slate and granite soils, and the climate and weather are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The modern winery is kitted out with the latest equipment for the production of quality white wines. Perfect with any seafood, or on its own. (Vegan) * available for tastings and special order

Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Godello 2016 (DO Bierzo) - A fruity, persistent and elegant wine with a good backbone to the palate. It has a pale yellow colour with hints of fennel on the nose and while picking up mineral notes from the soil it finishes with light citrus accents. The Alvarez de Toledo family have cultivated vines in Bierzo since the 15th century. The vineyards are located in the “Gold Mile” of El Bierzo’s wine region. This superbly orientated terrain has the best soils of the entire area and surrounds the towns of Villafranca del Bierzo and Valtuille de Arriba. (Vegan)

Bodegas Fontana Mesta Verdejo 2015 (DO Uclés) - organic Verdejo from D.O. Uclés, which lies south-east of Madrid.  This estate bottled white wine has intense fresh notes of grass, fennel and white pepper. A lovely crisp wine with excellent balance and slightly mineral finish. Perfect with chicken dishes in a creamy sauce, or rich seafood dishes such as mussels in tomato, wine and garlic. (Organic)


Red Wine


NEW  Quinta de Quercus 2013 (DO Uclés) - a fantastic wine from the Bodegas Fontana stable curated by New Zealand M.W. Sam Harrop. Lots of fruit, herbs and spice with dark fruit and fresh herbs on the palate. Big and full bodied and just ready for gammon spiked with cloves and roast potatoes.

NEW  Gran Cerdo Tempranillo 2017 (Rioja - not classified) - Gonzalo Gonzalo works his 4.5 hectare (11 acres) plot with his own hands and his own rules, eschewing sulphur and chemical intervention to create fun, natural wines. Low sulphur (no sulphur added) with less than 50mg/Litre (EU guide is up to 200mg/L white and 150mg/L red)) Red fruits and cassis with earthy notes on the nose and on the palate it's light and juicy with great acidity and plenty of sweet red fruit flavours. Great with roasted chicken or slow cooked roast shoulder of lamb. (Natural, Organic, Biodynamic, Vegan)

Bodegas EGO 'Gorú' Tinto 2015 (DO Jumilla) - a  Monastrell dominated blend, a varietal that is the mainstay of the winery, with Syrah and Petit Verdot. Harvesting is by hand at the optimum ripening time and each grape variety was fermented and macerated separately for 15-20 days, after which the wines have 4 months in American oak barrels. Outstanding, intense aroma of black cherries and parma violets; ripe fruit adds a rich mouthfeel with spice, soft tannins, vanilla and cinnamon notes on the finish. (Vegan) 

Bodegas Trus 'Tramuz' Joven 2016 (DO Ribera del Duero) - an easy drinking Ribera del Duero from Bodegas Trus – lightly oaked Joven wine made from 100% Tinta del Pais aka Tempranillo. A complex nutty nose and palate dominated by fruit aromas of cherry and cinnamon, its softness and approachability enhanced by 3 months in French oak. ‘Trus’ stands for Tierra, Roble, Uve and Sol – Earth, Oak, Grape and Sun. (Vegan) 

Bodegas Paniza 'La Fea' Reserva 2012 (DO Cariñena) - Elegant red wine aged in American oak barrels for 12 months and then for a further 24 months in bottle, this 100% Tempranillo hails from D.O Cariñena in the Aragón region of Spain, 50k southwest of Zaragoza. La Fea Reserva is a gentle, full-bodied wine with a bouquet of liquorice, balsamic and vanilla.

Bodegas Paniza 'La Fea' Tinto 2016 (DO Cariñena) - The younger sibling of La Fea Reserva, the Tinto is an unoaked blend of 40% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha plus 20% Syrah. Forward blackberry and dark cherry aromas. Smooth in the mouth, with an aftertaste of fruit and tannin. A great 'house' wine for any occasion.

Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Mencia 2010 (DO Bierzo) "Suave effort that over-delivers in a big way." (Robert Parker Jr.)  The delicious notes of balsamic, dark fruit and leather make this Mencia Roble the ideal choice for roast meats, but it's smooth and well-balanced for on-its-own drinking. Wine Advocate 90 points. (Vegan)

La Vinyeta Llavors 2015 (DO Empordá) - Llavors adds a little Cabernet Franc to the mix and the wine is aged for five months in new French, Hungarian and Romanian oak casks. There are aromas of ripe fruit mingled with the scent of the barrel woods, and it's perfectly balanced in the mouth. This is one of our favourite reds - strong and bold, redolent of bonfires, crisp autumn leaves and walks in the forest. Perfect with any kind of stew, or with sausages and red onion marmalade. (Organic)

Luna Beberide Mencía Joven 2016 (DO Bierzo) - Deep raspberry colour, very fruity with a wonderful strawberry aroma. A balanced palate with a persistant explosion of red fruit, a long finish and very fine tannins. An excellent wine and a beautiful example of a Mencía from DO Bierzo. Roast meats, strong cheeses, and rich pasta dishes work well. Recent Awards: 90 Points Robert Parker, April 2016  

Luna Lunera Syrah 2016 (Tierra de Castilla) another grape not readily associated with Spain as a stand-alone varietal, this 100% Syrah / Shiraz is elaborated in oak for three months. Deep, dark fruit such as blackberries and blackcurrants prevail on the nose and in the mouth.  A perfect Friday night 'pizza' wine. (Biodiversity vineyard) OUT OF STOCK UNTIL FEBRUARY

Dehesa de Luna OrÍgenes 2014 (Tierra de Castilla) - Tempranillo, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon elaborated for six months in American and French oak.  This is a big 14.5% wine perfect for Sunday roasts! The red fruits are beautifully integrated with the woodiness of the oak and the wine has a smooth and velvety mouth feel. This is the signature wine of this great bodega. (Biodiversity vineyard) OUT OF STOCK UNTIL FEBRUARY