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This month’s pack is focussing on the end of Summer & easing into cooler evenings, while still keeping one eye firmly on the hope of an Indian Summer.

Take a breath, relax, the kids are back at school & you have made it this far through the year!

We wanted to showcase some more obscure grapes combined with well known varieties that have been made into interesting examples. As a shop we have a much bigger focus on European wines but we love the New World & we make sure that the range is delicious even if it is small.

This is why we included a big show stopper like the Dune wine. A classic Aussie Shiraz but with a modern spin.

This month’s pack includes:

Dune Paliomera (Australia) is a bold, juicy Syrah from McLaren Vale in Australia packed with ripe red berries & plums. Some fennel & dusty tannins balance out the fruit, keeping it earthy & rounded. There is lovely fresh acidity from the Sangiovese addition, but Syrah is still definitely the star of the show.

El Risco (Spain) is a staff favourite. It is a surprisingly light red packed full of flavour & with excellent length. This has fleshy tannins slightly drying like cranberry juice. The palate was wonderfully complex with fruit & herbal notes… fig, pomegranate, plum, blackberry, chamomomile & tobacco leaf.

Christophe Muret Pinot Noir (France) is a crowd pleasing example of the grape from a warmer region than your classic Burgundy. This is full of bright ripe red fruit. An elegant Pinot Noir from the Languedoc in South France made by a winemaker who used to be more famous for his melons than his grapes! (He used to be one of the biggest melon exporters in france before focussing on his vineyards & his minimal intervention approach to winemaking)

Heinrich Naked Rose (Austria) Pink Blaufränkisch from Weingut Henrich in Burgenland, Austria. This is tasty, with far more bang for your buck than you’ll find in Provence at this price point. Biodynamic fruit, wild yeast ferment & a few months spent on the lees has provided us with bright red fruited intensity & a lovely texture. The harvest is carried out manually in mid-September. When the whole bunches reach the winery, they are partially pressed & macerated for a few hours before undergoing fermentation with their native yeasts. The resulting wine undergoes malolactic fermentation giving a rounder mouthfeel while maintaining crisp acidity. It is aged for around 5 months under its fine lees in wooden fermentation vats & amphoras.The wine is bottled unfiltered, with a minimal amount of sulphur. A wonderful food rose wine!

Blandine Blanc (France) is a bright & fresh wine with delicate, aromas of white flowers, citrus & crisp green fruit. A Southern French blend of Colombard & Ugni Blanc organically farmed. This is your new weekday wine sorted. Always keep a bottle chilled in the fridge for when a glass of crisp white wine is needed.

Pizzolato Hero Bianco (Italy) is a Chardonnay by La Cantina Pizzolato, who impressively for the Veneto, work only with organic grapes. This is an easy-drinking Chardonnay that has seen no oak & so reveals soft stone fruit & subtle melon with a lemon freshness.