Wine

Our wine is supplied by Berry Bros & Rudd.

Red

Merchant’s Red

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Chilean Merlot (2015)

Doña Javiera has produced a smooth, plummy wine for us in 2015. Sweet raspberries and a hint of smoke add to the damson notes on the nose. The palate has good concentration with macerated red cherries coming to the fore alongside bramble fruit. The wine is warming but a leafy freshness balances out the whole. This is an easy-drinking, exceptionally fruit-driven wine which is eminently drinkable.

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Good Ordinary Claret (2014)

Our best-selling wine for many decades, GOC, as it is known, brilliantly highlights the sheer drinkability of modern red Bordeaux. Bright, medium ruby in colour, with a siren-like nose of black cherries, bramble fruit and wood smoke, it is instantly appealing. The palate follows through with delicious, juicy, black fruit and a long, velvety finish. Equally at home with a weekday supper or a grand Sunday roast, it is the perfect wine for all occasions.

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Argentinian Malbec (2014)

Pulenta has once again produced a Malbec for us which is incredibly easy to drink. The nose is dominated by the sweet, dark fruit of this variety. Blackcurrants mingle with blueberries on the palate alongside a hint of vanilla spice and some raspberry notes which add freshness. The mouthfeel is structured but smooth, with silky tannins in support. This is a rewarding mid-week wine, especially when paired with grilled meat.

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Australian Shiraz (2012)

2013 was a very dry vintage in the Barossa with much lower yields than normal at Elderton, which has pushed up prices. However, the resultant wines have incredible depth and concentration, and are extremely impressive. This 2013 Shiraz is more than worthy of its increased price point with a lovely violet perfume mingling with intense black cherry and blackcurrant flavours. A delicious freshness holds it all in check and the tannins are smooth and fine. This is a balanced, complete and moreish wine.

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Nero d’Avola (2013)

Reflecting the increasing interest in Italian wine, this is Berry Bros. & Rudd’s first own-label Nero d’Avola. The Nero d’Avola grape is famous in Sicily, from where this light, bright, scented, soft, cherry-red wine comes. It is ICEA certified organic too, hence the extra purity. It’s made by the small Valdibella cooperative at Camporeale in the hillier northern part of the island, on red clay and sandstone soils. Made only in stainless steel, the nose is alive with notes of violets, plum and pepper.

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Extra Ordinary Claret (2013)

This marks the 12th vintage of our EOC label, and although each year is different in style, we feel that the quality remains unmatched. The fruit for this wine comes from a beautiful Graves estate belonging to the JM Cazes family, one of the great names in Bordeaux. The Merlot dominated nose is rich with briary fruit, vanilla and hints of mocha. The palate is exceptionally soft and rounded. Medium bodied, with juicy black fruit and well balanced oak, the finish is plump and satisfying. Drink now, with roast lamb, beef and mature hard cheeses.

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Pinot Noir (2014)

It has taken some time to find a suitable New Zealand Pinot Noir to rejoin our Own Label range but our patience has been rewarded. This lovely wine is made for us by the award-winning Greystone in the Waipara Valley. It is bright, fresh and lean with sweet red cherry fruit and an appealing savoury character. An herbaceous note lifts the finish and the tannins are fine, adding definition. This is a fresh, pure, mineral style of Pinot Noir which leaves the palate feeling cleansed, ready for another sip.

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White

Merchant’s White

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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie (2015)

This classic, 100 percent Pinot Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia continues to be made for us by Christian Patat at Necotium. Unoaked and sealed with a Stelvin cap for extra freshness, the wine is clean and energetic with scented notes reminiscent of lime blossom and greengage. The palate is vibrant, hinting at orchard fruit and subtle florals, with a refreshing minerality lingering on the finish.

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Good Ordinary White (2015)

A classic Bordeaux white, made from 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc, this is carefully sourced from several great vineyards and blended just for us. Intensely aromatic on the nose, showing ripe gooseberry and greengage fruit, the wine has wonderful lift and zest on the palate. Fresh and crisp, it has balanced acidity and a surprisingly soft finish. A perfect apéritif, but also delicious with seafood, goats’ cheese and asparagus.

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Australian Chardonnay (2015)

Clean, crisp and refreshing, this follows in the vein of our 2013 Australian Chardonnay and is a ripe, medium-bodied and unoaked wine with both citrus and tropical fruit notes. Just as you can learn much from a restaurant’s house wine, you should also be able to judge a wine merchant by its own-label bottles, and we wouldn’t put our name to anything which wasn’t delicious to drink. Our range of Highly Dependable wines is just that: a marque that stands for reliable good value, and taste, be it a classic Argentinian Malbec or our carefully-crafted Reserve White – a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Mauzac and Vermentino.

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White Burgundy (2013)

A beautifully warm, dry summer enabled Jean-Luc Terrier and Christian Collovray to start picking their 2015 vintage exceptionally early. They have skilfully maintained a fresh approach to the fruit which is full, vibrant and exciting this year. With white peach and summer flower notes, this classical White Burgundy is a delight to drink on its own or with a wide range of poultry, fish or lighter meat dishes.

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (2013)

Sam and Mandy Weaver converted one of their Sauvignon blocks especially for us at the beginning of the growing season and tended it throughout the 2015 vintage with this wine in mind. Their superb efforts have paid off admirably. Full of fresh gooseberries, hints of tomato leaf and passion fruit, there is nonetheless an elegant restraint here. The typical Marlborough pungency is held in check by tangy citrus notes and a fine, mineral finish. This is a delicious wine with verve and vibrancy.

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Gruner Veltliner Federspiel (2013)

Berry’s inaugural Own Selection Grüner Veltliner is from the prized Wachau region of Austria from the ancient winery of Nikolaihof, whose roots date back 2,000 years to Roman times. The nose sings of fresh hay, sunny cereal, river stone and smoky citrus aromas; for this is a ‘Federspiel’ wine, hence the light as a feather style. Medium bodied, it’s delicate and flowing, river like, with white peach stone flavours and sapid crystalline rock minerality.

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Pouilly-Fuisse (2014)

Olivier Merlin has crafted this superb Pouilly-Fuissé from various plots, covering different locations and soil types. The result is a beautiful blend with generous, ripe fruit held together by a mineral backbone. Enjoy the notes of fresh flowers and Mirabelle plums with poultry or fish cooked in a creamy sauce.

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