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The Reds 

Sibaris Carmenère 2012, Undurraga, Colchagua Valley, Chile £10.00  2 bottles

What better way to beat the post-Christmas blues than to pop open a bottle of this super-ripe, juicy red! Fortunately for us, Carmenère vines were found growing in Chile just two decades ago after having being mistaken for Merlot . A rich, slow-ripening variety which relishes in the heat and sunshine of the Colchagua Valley.  Sibaris is a full and comforting winter red, bursting with black fruits, herbs, spice and toasty oak, a match for a hearty casserole.
Price with wine club discount: £9.00

Salice Salentino 2012, Vigneto Giardinelli, Puglia, Italy £9.50  2 bottles

A warming red with the perfect balance of bitter-sweet and bags of character. Negro Amaro is the star of the show with a little Malvasia Nera contributing fragrance and complexity. After 8 months in ‘botti’, large oak barrels, it emerges rounded and gently rustic with ripe black fruit and savoury flavours. Coming from the ‘heel’ of Italy, it goes without saying that this is a welcoming, food-friendly wine, pairing perfectly with a satisfying tomato pasta dish.
Price with club discount: £8.55

Glenwood Merlot 2013, Franshoek, South Africa  £14  2 bottles

A lipsmackingly good Merlot, deliciously layered with chocolate, plums and dark cherries. This gem comes from a small winery located in an area of outstanding beauty not far from Cape town. After careful hand-harvesting and natural wild yeast fermentation the wine is aged for 18 months in French and American oak adding spice and sweetness. Easy-drinking, though not to be underestimated, it is elegant, rich and carefully wrapped in a long and subtle herbal finish.
Price with club discount: £12.60

The Whites

The Cloud Factory Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand  £9  2 bottles 

A classic and zingy Marlborough Sauvignon to start the year. Thanks to a long, cool fermentation process and swift bottling this wine has retained maximum aromatics, freshness and varietal character. The Cloud Factory is vibrant, the palate is clean and green with limes and tropical fruits and delicious minerality, what’s more it’s fabulous value!
Price with club discount: £8.10

Ehmoser Grüner Veltliner 2015, Wagram Austria  £13  2 bottles

Receiving rave reviews at our Christmas tasting, we introduce you to this stunning  Grüner Veltliner. It bears the weight of a Chardonnay whilst it’s flavour delivers the tell-tale varietal characters: white pepper, vegetal and a little spice. Hats off to Winemaker Josef Ehmoser who follows in the footsteps of his predecessors on the banks of the Danube and whose ethos to ‘respect nature ’ in vineyard and winery brings us this pure, expressive, food-friendly wine. I’m a fan!
Price with club discount: £11.70

Otañon Vetiver Rioja Blanca 2014, Rioja, Spain  £9.50  2 bottles

A stylish old favourite, from the hottest and driest region of Rioja, Rioja Baja. The 2014 vintage Vetiver combines tropical fruit, citrus and delicious toasty flavours all in perfect measure. With 4 months spent in American oak barrels we get a touch of oak, of the subtle vanilla kind.  This lovely-weight white can be enjoyed with tapas but can also make a good accompaniment to Roast chicken or sumptuous shellfish.
Price with club discount: £8.55

Total Cost of wine: £130
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Christmas Cracker Case 2016

Last year’s Christmas case selection was a cracker so we’ve decided to pull out all the stops again for Christmas 2016. We’ve selected a special case of splendid goodies tailored to the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities. We thought it was time for a treat, choosing twelve bottles we know you will love, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you?

Christmas Day Fizz

Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve NV, Champagne, France £39.50, 2 bottles
No better fizz to toast Christmas Day. Whether a breakfast treat or before tucking in to a delicious lunch, our fab terrace fizz is just the ticket. A dreamy champagne from the renowned family run Champagne house. Elegant and fresh with a tantalising fine mousse and lovely lingering finish.

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White Wine


Domaine Langlois-Château Vielles Vignes 2014, Loire, France £18.50, 2 bottles

‘Wow!’…Sophisticated, rich yet perfectly fresh, this 100% Chenin Blanc is a sheer delight! An attractive gold-tinged white, an elegant nose, a palate rich with dried fruits, apple, honey, hints of spice and savoury notes, a moreishly full body and a finish to die for. What more can I say? …Langlois-Château’s beautifully layered flagship makes the best accompaniment for your delicious Christmas lunch.

Red Wine

Parada de Atauta 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain £17.00, 2 bottles

If red is your Christmas lunch tipple of choice we’ve chosen a stunning Ribera del Duero to complement the feast.  Laden with ripe black fruits, currants, berries and cherries, mingling with mocha and toasty cedar, balanced with silky tannins and minerality. This extremely satisfying Tempranillo with its rounded, generous body, richness and finesse is a match for any Christmas roast, traditional or otherwise.

For your Christmas Pud

Campbell’s Ruthernglen Muscat, Ruthernglen, Australia £13.00, 1 bottle

It had to be! This divine combination is a must, the fresh raisin aromas and the rich and luscious fruit palate of this fortified wine mirror and enhance the festive pudding. You may not be a fan of the dessert but this doesn’t mean you need to forfeit the Muscat, on the contrary!… Indulge in this deliciously sweet wine as a pudding substitute or sip alongside a coffee.

Cheese Please

Cline Late Harvest Mourvèdre 2014, California, USA £15.50, 1 bottle

‘Port and Cheese’ I hear you say. Well, yes that’s the tradition but this year we’re plumping for this succulent Late Harvest red.  Alternative I know, but we like to mix things up a little and Cline Late Harvest Mourvèdre is definitely a wine not to be missed. Plummy and raisiny like a Port, ripe blackberries rub shoulders with chocolate and mocha. An ideally sweet red which calls for mature hard cheeses, fine Stilton or a slice of Christmas cake. Go on challenge tradition!

Now for Boxing Day…
An Aperitif

Val D’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superior, Rive Di Colbertaldo NV, Italy  £14.00, 1 bottle


May the festivities continue with this, our best-selling and favourite, Prosecco. A beautifully fine and lively sparkling, layers of flavour, depth and finesse. Soft and appley with just the right amount of zing to get your taste buds tingling. The perfect start to any Boxing day feast!

The Boxing Day Buffet

Pra Morandina Valpolicella 2015, Veneto, Italy £12.50, 2 bottles

We love the festive Boxing Day feeling and to accompany the day’s spread we’ve chosen one of our favourite mid-weight reds. This un-oaked Valpolicella is intensely fragrant and juicy, with crunchy raspberries, cherries and sweet spice. A delicate and incredibly tasty afternoon red which will be a perfect partner for the Christmas smorgasbord.

A Fireside Quaffer

Klein Constantia Estate Red 2013, Constantia, South Africa £17.50, 1 bottle

Time to put your feet up after a day of indulgence and merriment. This year the Klein Constantia Estate red is the bottle to reward your yuletide accomplishments, a full-bodied Claret-style red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec), a festive season must! Deep ruby red in colour, an intense deep red fruit palate intertwined with subtle oak and a finish brimming with flavour. A satisfying drop to say the least and the perfect end of day companion. Merry Christmas!

This Christmas Cracker case contains £235 of delicious wine. A fabulous £211.15 to our Wine Club members. It comes beautifully gift wrapped and both local and national delivery is included in the price.
A fabulous gift for wine-loving family or friends or the perfect treat to aid your Christmas preparations and festivities.  Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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Bin Delivered Club Case November 2016

The Whites
Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2013, California, USA 1 bottle £15
Not a fan of Chardonnay? Let us convert you!…Eve has taken the fancy of many a non-Chardonnay-lover for its juicyness, purity of fruit and its clean and crisp style. Like its Californian winemaker Charles Smith, once-Scandinavian rock band manager, Eve has plenty of character. Citrus, apple and lime burst from the glass and the finish is beautifully long and mineral. We promise you will want a second sip!
Price with club discount: £13.50

Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-haut 2015, Côtes du Roussillon, France 2 bottles £10
Rounded, fresh and intensely aromatic, this blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu has it all. Michel Chapoutier ventured south of the Rhone into Roussillon in search of great terroir and his quest certainly didn’t disappoint. This white is just one fine example with oodles of ripe stone fruits and an almost salty minerality. A great match for a rich fish dish.
Price with club discount: £9

Gavi ‘La Battistina’ 2015, Piemonte, Italy  2 Bottles  £10
When looking for a soft and easy-drinking white this is one of our favourites. Blossom, peach and citrus combine with a mellow nuttiness making for a moreish drop. This single estate Gavi made from 100% Cortese also delivers in weight and texture thanks to 3 months lees contact. A Bintwo terrace favourite this year making for a lovely-weight pre-dinner drink and equally as tasty with nibbles.
Price with club discount: £9

The Sweet
Golden Lynx Viognier 2015, Franschoek, South Africa 37.5cl 1 bottle £14
This luscious little number snuck in at our South African Flight Club in September. An expressive 100% Viognier sweet from small South African wine producer, Lynx, combining ripe stone fruit, aromatics and the perfect amount of sweetness. Unctuous yet balanced with gentle acidity. A fruit tart or even some mild cheese could be the go!
Price with wine discount: £12.60

The Reds
Château des Antonins Bordeaux Supérieur 2014, France  2 bottles £11
With Christmas on the horizon it is definitely a time for ‘Claret’ and no better occasion to crack open this great value Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Rich, soft and structured, with concentrated currant and red berry flavours. Subtle oak and supple tannins make this a rounded fireside red or one to accompany roast leg of lamb.
Price with club discount: £9.90

Cabaret Frank No 2 ‘The Aviary’ 2015, Lodi, California 2 bottles  £8.00
A highly quaffable mid-weight red made from 85% Old Vine Cabernet Franc blended with a smattering of, partner-in-crime, Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the warm climates of Central California. Without the use of oak the Cabaret Frank has retained the grapes true varietal characters. It’s bursting with black fruits on the nose and palate with a delightful leafiness and touch of sweetness.
Price with club discount: £7.20

Sepp Moser Zweigelt 2015, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2 bottles £10.50

Renowned Austrian winemaker Sepp Moser comes up trumps with this tasty lighter-style of red, Zweigelt. Devoted to organic and biodynamic viticulture this wine is no exception to the rule with every care taken to grow this local grape variety organically and to hand harvest. The result is a vibrant red, with currants, berries, sweet spice and herbs, even a hint of white pepper reminiscent of its fellow Austrian white Gruner Veltliner. A match for a comforting chicken casserole.
Price with wine club discount: £9.45

Total wine price: £128
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Bin Delivered Club Case October 2016

Fizz

Durello Spumante Brut ‘Palladiano’ NV, Piemonte, Italy £9.00 2 bottles

On the streets of Verona this is the zippy sparkling of choice. Made from the local late-maturing grape variety ‘Durello’ grown on the Monferratto hills and producing a very tasty Prosecco alternative. Durello is fresh and zesty with light apple and honey flavours and has spent just a couple of the months on the lees to give depth and mouth-feel to balance the freshness. At such great value there’s always a reason to pop open a bottle of fizz especially as the festive season approaches!
Price with wine club discount: £8.10

Red Wine

Pasión de Bobal 2014, Utiel-Requena, Spain £10.50 2 bottles

Autumn is here and our thoughts turn to full and comforting reds to accompany the darker evenings. Dee has plumped for this delicious Bobal for this month’s ‘Wines We Love’ and rightly so!
A full-flavoured, fruit-forward red where cherry, plum and sweet spice, vanilla and liquorice, flavours prevail. Bodegas Sierra Norte select grapes from the oldest, low-yielding Bobal vines in the Fuenteseca Estate for their bottle of Pasión. An organically produced wine thanks to the hot, dry summers, cool nights and the poor soils of the high plateau of Utiel-Requena which successfully deter disease.
Autumn months are certainly no hardship with tasty wines like this to choose from!
Price with wine club discount: £9.45

Noble Savage 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa £11.50 2 bottles

A playful Bordeaux-inspired blend bursting with sweet black cherries, classic cassis and spice. The fruit, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, comes from the vertiginous slopes of the stunning Helshoogte Pass. Bartinney’s winemaker Ronell Wild’s clearly has a lot of fun making her Noble Savage range of wines which reflect her own exuberant and mischievous personality whilst being carefully crafted. This intensely fruity blend combines plenty of complexity from the Cabernet Sauvignon with the ‘softer and sensuous’ Merlot.
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

San Felice Chianti Classico 2013, Toscana, Italy £12.50 2 bottles

A fine and incredibly satisfying Chianti Classico. First met with generously fruity aromas and a little spice followed by the hall-mark flavours of Sangiovese grapes, red cherry and savoury. Not only do San Felice select top-notch grapes from a single estate but they also follow a non-interventionist approach to get the best and freshest characters from their fruit. This medium-bodied red, aged in large old oak barrels (Slovenian botti), will happily partner your favourite autumnal Italian dishes or Antipasti.
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

White Wine

Wirra Wirra Chardonnay 2014, Adelaide Hills, South Australia £11.00 2 bottles

A personal favourite and an impressive Chardonnay from the Wirra Wirra winery founded in the late 1800’s and revived in the 1960’s after a period of disrepair. A well-made burgundy-style white, the texture and palate are refined with yellow stone fruit and honey characters, the finish is clean and the oak influence is fine and skilfully integrated. This is a fabulous value wine which could be rather nice with pan-seared scallops or enjoyed as a treat on its own.
Price with club discount: £9.90

K-Naia 2015, Rueda, Spain 2 bottles £10.00 2 bottles

A top class and crowd-pleasing aromatic white which combines the Verdejo grape variety with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc. The nose brims with passion fruit, pink grapefruit and delicate grassy aromas. The palate is dry with rich stone fruits, giving way to a zesty and mineral finish with a little fennel twist. Bodegas Naia located in the ‘Grand Cru’ of Rueda wine region, La Seca, combine fruit from mature vines, meticulous grape selection and lees-ageing to produce wines which are delicate yet beautifully ripe and textured. K-Naia and tapas go hand-in -hand.
Price with wine club discount: £9.00

Total cost of wines: £129

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Bin Delivered Club Case Notes September 2016

 

White Wine

La Lisse Soie d’Ivoire Chenin Blanc, Languedoc, France  £8.50  2 bottles
As smooth (Lisse) as silk (Soie), this Chenin is as the name suggests, it boasts bags of ripe fruit and a luscious silky texture. Planted on the Limoux hillsides the Chenin vines, originally hailing from the cooler climes of the Loire Valley, enjoy plenty of sunshine whilst benefitting from the coolness of these Pyrenean foothills helping to balance the ripe fruit with a citrusy crispness. In the winery, part vinified and matured for 9 months in oak barrels, the wine develops in structure and texture, the result is a bright, fruity and very approachable white with backbone and appealing finish.
Price with wine club discount: £7.65

The Crossings Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand  £12 2 bottles
Carefully tailored by wine-maker Tamra Kelly-Washington, this is a lovely, slightly off-dry white. The 2015 vintage has an elegant balance of fruits (peach, pear and some more exotic) combining with honey notes in a delicate savoury wrapper. Conditions in the unspoiled, glacial Awatere Valley allow the fruit to ripen slowly, retaining a lively freshness that we find in this great value and versatile Pinot Gris.
Price with club discount: £10.80

Rosé Wine

L’Hospitalet Rosé 2015, Languedoc, France  £9.50  2 bottles
Summer’s not over yet! An old-faithful pink is in order to round off the season. For those of you who haven’t been introduced, L’Hospitalet rosé is made from 100% Grenache, it is beautifully pale thanks to very little skin and juice contact, it is incredibly delicate and dry yet it reveals chunky red raspberries and cherries on the palate. A wine not just for Summer, a great aperitif or partner for dressed crab.
Price with wine club discount: £8.55

Red Wine

Castell del Remei Gotim Bru 2013, Costers del Segre, Spain  £12 2 bottles
The star of our last #DecanterSaturday (the day of the week when we pop something new, interesting and tasty open for you to try.) receiving a big thumbs up from customers and staff alike. Gotim Bru blends Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon (and a little Syrah and Merlot too). It’s a dark, rich and incredibly comforting red, with bright cherry and plum fruit, toasty characters, and the perfect measure of sweet spice and savoury. Pioneers of Catalan winemaking, Castell del Remeii, fuse the traditional with the modern in their methods from vineyard to winery and their iconic Gotim Bru reflects this fusion, blending with international varieties and ageing in both American and French oak. This is definitely a red to accompany the darker evenings and Sunday roasts.
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

Domaine Langlois-Château Saumur 2012, Loire, France  £11.50 2 bottles
Yet another fine wine from Langlois-Château! You may have met its big brother recently (#Decanter Saturday).
We love this Loire Valley red for all the right reasons: its colour, a beautiful bright red with a purple hue, its nose, bursting with blackcurrants and raspberries and its palate, leafy, juicy and mouth-watering. This 100% Cabernet Franc is a nice lighter red option with plenty of character to enjoy on its own or with a platter of charcuterie.
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

The Colonial Estate Explorateur Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2015  £12.50  1 bottle
If you’re after a good value stocky Shiraz which packs a friendly punch then the Explorateur is for you. The 2015 is certainly bolder and more full-bodied than its predecessors. The nose is sweet and spicy with blackberries, white pepper and liquorice at the fore. The palate follows with more unctuous dark fruits and pepper, and the finish is long with a hint of freshness. Colonial Estate combine French winemaking methods with Aussie fruit, picking the finest fruits, sorting rigorously, fermenting using traditional methods and ageing in French oak. Here the outcome is an intense yet elegant Shiraz calling for a fine steak.
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

Fortified Wine

Peter Bayly Cape White Port NV, Calitzdorp Valley, South Africa  £11 1 bottle 37.5cl
Appearing for the first time at our Flight Club #4 South Africa this coming Saturday, I couldn’t not share this little gem with you all! This Cape White Port made from 100% Chenin Blanc is deliciously dry with a lengthy treasure-trove palate, dried apricots, Seville marmalade, toasted almonds and spice seduce. To be served chilled alongside fine cheeses and nibbles or made into a wonderfully refreshing cocktail to find out more join us at Flight Club #4 South Africa.
Price with wine club discount: £9.90

Total price of wine: £130.50
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Bin Delivered Club Case Notes June 2016

Sparkling Wine 

Domenico de Bertiol Prosecco Valdobbiadene Spumante Extra Dry NV, Italy £12.00  2 bottles 
This time of year you cant go wrong with a couple of extra bottles of Prosecco on chill and this elegant sparkler from the heart of the Prosecco producing area in Veneto certainly fits the bill. Attractively light, lively and fresh yet this Prosecco goes beyond our expectations with an added richness and a little yeasty character pairing up with the soft apples and pears. No better excuse to find something to celebrate….
Price with wine club discount: £10.80

Rosé Wine 

Château Civrac Jolie 2013, Bordeaux, France  £9.50  2 bottles
This new vintage ‘Jolie’ made by Cornish Winemaker Mark Hellyar is different again to its predecessors. Each rosé that Mark makes follows a different recipe achieving a rosé wine with unique personality from one vintage to the next and keeping us all on our toes! This time around Mark has chosen to produce a 100% Merlot rosé, the hue is a beautiful summery salmon-pink, the aromas bursting with wild strawberries and the palate soft and juicy. A great pre-BBQ aperitif.
Price with wine club discount: £8.55

White Wine

Capricho Val de Paxarinas Godello 2015, Bierzo, Spain  £11.00  2 bottles 
My travels have left me with a soft-spot for North-west Spain and their aromatic whites and as i continue to explore the offerings of this part of the world i fell upon this irresistible Godello. The winemakers, Gancedo, have blended juice from the stone fruit and mineral laden Godello with a little of the perfumed and climate hardy indigenous variety, Dona Blanca. Crisp, ripe and textural this white is a great match for seafood and fresh fish and chips.
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

Domaine Chante Cigale L’Apostrophe Blanc 2015, Rhone, France  £11.00  2 bottles 
From the renowned and family-run Domaine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape we bring you a classic, full-bodied Southern Rhone blend which doesn’t break the bank. The vines, in this case Roussanne and Clairette, are grown in soils composed partly of the infamous ‘pudding stones’ which retain heat contributing warmth to the vines growth and fruit ripening. L’ Apostrophe is a white with delicate aromas and a full, comforting stone fruit and nutty palate.
Price with wine club discount: £9.90

Red Wine 

Cline Cellars Lodi Zinfandel 2014, Lodi, USA  £10.50  2 bottles
Named after the sun-drenched wine-producing region from where it hails, Lodi is a smooth and smokey approachable red bringing a little bit of California to your table. Cline’s focus is sustainable vineyard management and the production of appealing wines which balance fruit and ‘terroir’ character. This Zinfandel is such an example, offering abundant fruit and complexity with oaked influences of toasty vanilla and spice. Time for Mike to start up his smoker, pulled pork perhaps!
Price with wine club discount: £9.45

Podere Scopetone Sangiovese di Toscana 2014, Montalcino, Italy  £12.00  2 bottles
A beautifully intense ruby coloured Tuscan red which proves an easy summertime drinker despite having plenty of character as we would hope. Made from 100% Sangiovese it delivers bright red cherries and a wild berry aroma. Though Sangiovese is more than oak-friendly here the Podere Scopetone winemakers, an avid beekeeper and viticulturist couple, have chosen to stick to steel in the winery to preserve the freshness and purity of the fruit producing a lively and full flavoured red. Antipasti on the menu!
Price with wine club discount: £10.80

Total wine price: £132
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Bin Delivered Club Case Notes May 2016

 

White Wine 

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand. 2 bottles £12.50 
An old favourite for BinTwo customers in the classic Marlborough style – dry gooseberry, intense passionfruit and a refreshing citrus punch. Whilst predominantly fruit-driven, several months of lees ageing has imparted richness and complexity. This state of the art winery is situated in the Waihopai Valley, home to fine cool climate vineyards and a satellite listening station!
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2014, Limari Valley, Chile. 2 bottles £11.50
Bright, vibrant and expressive! A full-bodied, fresh Burgundy-esque Chardonnay at half the price.
A reflection of its origin or ‘terroir’, ripeness and elegance thanks to coastal breezes and morning fog moderating the Limari Valley heat and minerality from soils unique to Tabali (high limestone concentration, gravel, salts). Add 10 months in French oak to the mix and the result is a stunning value Chardonnay which will go down a treat with fresh seafood!
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

Torre de Menagem 2014, Vinho Verde, Portugal. 2 Bottles  £10
A white to crack open as an aperitif whatever the weather!  I particularly love this Vinho Verde for its zest, minerality and lively light spritz. Torre de Menagem blends the local varieties of Alvarinho and Trajadura, the familiar citrus and apple vinho verde characters are backed up with a fuller ripe peachiness and floral notes, a nice example of probably the most popular of Portuguese dry whites.
Price with wine club discount: £9

Red Wine 

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2014, Rioja, Spain. 2 bottles £12.50
Starring as this month’s ‘Wines We Love’ and on our Summer terrace menu by the glass, it’s high time this exuberant Rioja featured in our club case. La Vendimia ‘The Harvest’ is a juicy and judiciously oaked blend of Tempranillo and Grenache made by renowned Spanish winemaker Alvaro Palacios, Decanter Man of the Year 2015. An appealing medium-bodied wine with soft red fruits, gentle sweet spice and rounded palate. Perfect with a tasty charcuterie platter or a BBQ, you could even chill it a little if you fancy.
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

L’Hospitalet Merlot 2014, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. 2 bottles £10.50
A wonderfully smooth and quaffable 100% Merlot from Southern France. Ripe red currants rub shoulders with warming spice and sweet vanilla. A little oak maturation adds structure to this plump fruity red and contributes to the long, satisfying finish. A great accompaniment to a flavoursome roast.
Price with wine club discount: £9.45

Rose Wine 

False Bay Wild Yeast Rosé 2014, Western Cape, South Africa. 2 bottles £7.50
A beautiful soft salmon pink rosé blending Rhône varietals Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Fruit-forward yet dry and ever-so delicately spiced. The cool growing season for this vintage worked favourably for False Bay winemakers achieving desired aromatics and sugar levels. In the winery,  spontaneous fermentation using the ‘wild’ naturally occurring yeast and then time on the lees has developed a soft, balanced pink which you can enjoy on its own and nicely chilled. Summer is on its way, honest!
Price with wine club discount: £6.75

Total cost of wines: £130
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Bin Delivered Club Case Notes April 2016

 

White Wine

Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2015, Western Cape, South Africa £12.50 2 bottles 

‘Fresh’ and ‘cool’ underpin this splendid 100% Chenin Blanc. The fruit is sourced solely from cool climate Bot River vineyards exposed to breezes from the Lagoon and the Atlantic offsetting the valley’s warm summers. Beaumont go on to preserve the purity and freshness of the variety by early harvesting followed by a slow, cool fermentation and no oak to be seen. Besides being delightfully fresh, this un-oaked white is deliciously peachy, rounded and layered thanks to the clever use of different yeasts and blending. A white which is a must with shellfish!
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

Montresor Lugana ‘Campo Valentino’ 2014, Lombardia, Italy £12.00 2 bottles

A wine to transport you to the stunning southern shores of Lake Garda where it’s Trebbiano di Lugana grapes start their journey to become one of Northern Italy’s most fashionable white wines of the moment. Montresor, a Veronese family with a long tradition of winemaking have made a white which encompasses fragrance, freshness, texture and delicate acidity. Mouthwatering stone fruits, citrus and nuttiness combine and pair nicely alongside sea bass or barbecued fresh mackerel, when the season arrives.
Price with wine club discount: £10.80

Rosé Wine 

Pasquiers Rosé 2015, Pays D’Oc, France £7.50 2 bottles 

This delicate sunset pink rosé is a long-standing member on the BinTwo shelves. 70% succulent Grenache grapes and 30% soft perfumed Cinsualt are blended to make a dry, crisp rosé delivering plenty of fruit, red currants and raspberries and appealing texture, the work of experienced Languedoc winemaker Eric Monin. This is highly quaffable on its own as an aperitif or you may brave firing up the barbecue.
Price with wine club discount: £6.75

Red Wine 

Nieto Don Nicanor Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina £12.50 2 bottles 

Continuing the celebration of Malbec World Day (17th April) we bring you the proud Don Nicanor.  A rich, dark, classic Malbec perfect for celebrating this date in Argentinian history which commemorates President Sarmiento’s decisive commitment, all the way back in 1853, to transform their wine industry followed by the introduction of Malbec vines to the country. Luscious black fruit, mocha and spice, intense yet smooth, no wonder it’s BinTwo’s love of the month!
Price with wine club discount: £11.25

La Chapelle de Marin, Côtes du Rhône, France 20 £8.50 2 bottles

La Chapelle de Marin ticks all of the Southern Rhone red boxes: juicy fruit, warming spice, ample body, smooth tannins and a long pleasing finish, a friendly and very comforting wine. The Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah fruit express their character thanks to careful hand-harvesting and minimal technical intervention during wine-making, also despite the depth of flavour in La Chapelle de Marin oak plays no part. A great match for bangers and mash however this Côtes du Rhône’s versatile style means a glass or so on its own wouldn’t go amiss!
Price with wine club discount: £7.65

Sparkling Wine 

Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux ‘Les Graimenous’ 2013, Languedoc, France  £14.50 1 bottle

A lovely alternative to Champagne for those days when you fancy a fresh, lively fizz without splashing out too much. Made to the Traditional (Champagne) Method of winemaking, this delicious Crémant undergoes two stages of fermentation with the second taking place in the bottle where it is then aged on its lees. Delicate with zingy citrus and apple and a touch of savouriness this nicely put-together, great value Crémant makes the perfect aperitif.
Price with wine club discount: £13.05

Sweet Wine 

Palazzina Moscato Passito 2012, Piemonte, Italy £7.50 1 bottle

A springtime sweet, luscious and juicy but by no means cloying. Moscato Passito balances citrus zest, ripe stone fruit, marmalade and honey characters to perfection. A showcase for successful ‘passito’  winemaking  whereby the extremely ripe Muscat fruit is laid out to dry on racks for 6 weeks concentrating the sugars and fruit flavours prior to careful bunch pressing, fermentation and ageing. Palazzina’s inviting lightness and refreshing zesty finish makes it a winner for fruit tarts and desserts, an excuse to make tarte tatin!
Price with club discount: £6.75

Total Case Price: £128
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White Wine

Cline Viognier 2014, North Coast, California 2 bottles £11.50

A white which reflects the coming season, pure fruit and aromatics prevail. In North Coast, California the Viognier vines bask in the sun during the day and are cooled at night, the fruit ripens gradually retaining aromatics and acidity. With beautiful full-body, texture, stone fruit and citrus characters this is a wine which can stand up to a flavoursome tarragon chicken or even a good camembert.
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

Orballo Albariño 2014, Rías Baixas, Spain  2 bottles  £11

Galicia, home of the tiny-berried Albariño variety, supports a huge fishing fleet: wet fish, shellfish (plus lobsters from Cornwall!) – and the food of the region is astonishing. With that in mind you can be daring with your Albariño, it will work with many Spanish fish treats: octopus, salt cod, anchovies. Orballo has a fresh apple and honey fragrance, the long, dry palate is both rich and dry while the phenolics (similar to tannins in red wine) give a mouth-gripping texture, so if you feel like playing it safe you can pair this nicely with traditional fried fish and chips!
Price with wine club discount: £9.90

Red Wine

The Cloud Factory Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand 2 bottles £11

A wonderfully pretty red for the start of Spring. This wine has all of the classic Pinot Noir red fruit characters combined with elegance and a pleasant freshness influenced by the breezy Maritime location of the vineyards. The judicious use of oak adds an almost creamy texture making this a wine that you can sup in the sunshine, never too soon to fire up the Barbie?
Price with wine club discount: £9.90

Raoul’s Old Basket Press 2012, South West Cape, South Africa 2 bottles £11.50

From the delightful family-run Beaumont winery situated in the Walker Bay area of the Cape, we give you the carefully crafted Raoul’s red. Raoul, the Patriach of the Beaumont family, takes pride in this quirky blend made from Tinta Barocca, a Portuguese grape variety which first took root in South Africa in the 1940’s, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a little Mourvedre. What a mouthful, juicy, smooth and deliciously succulent, a great accompaniment to Spring roast lamb.
Price with wine club discount: £10.35

Rose Wine

Château L’Ermitage 2014, Costières de Nîmes, France 2 bottles £10

Winemaker Jerome Castillon continues to impress. His Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend makes for a very tasty rose, beautifully salmon-pink in colour, bursting with ripe red summer berry flavours, dry and vibrant. Aged for 3 months on its lees it has developed a depth of flavour and richness making it a perfect foodie wine. Once again we are transported back to Southern France, what a chore!
Price with club discount: £9.00

Fizz

Prosecco Di Paolo Frizzante NV, Italy   2 bottles £10.00

Fresh as a daisy! This is a delicate appley Prosecco with light floral notes. A great aperitif with a gentle spritz. A fizz made by the 100 year old Di Paolo company who strive to produce wines with a purity of fruit and freshness of which this Prosecco is a fine example.
Price with wine club discount: £9.00

Total cost of wines before discount: £130
Bin Delivered price £110 (£120 delivered nationally)
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Bin Delivered Club Case Notes February 2016

Bin Delivered February Club Case Notes

Venturing into the unknown… 
A selection of wines embracing lesser known grape varieties, appellations and winemaking techniques.

White Wines 

Cuvee Marie Jurançon Sec 2011, Jurançon, France.  £13.50 2 bottles
When thinking of the wines from Southwest France don’t forget to explore Jurançon! In this small appellation almost touching the Pyrenees grape varieties Gros and Petit Manseng are king. Cuvee Marie is a blend of these varieties which exudes flavour: citrus, tropical fruits combine with herbal and floral notes.  With aromatics rivalling Sauvignon Blanc, sumptuous body and texture this Jurançon sec is an appealing springtime white. One to enjoy with seasonal asparagus if you can wait!
Price with wine club discount: £12.15

El Porvenir Amauta Torrontes 2014, Valle de Cafayate, Argentina. £10.50 2 bottles 
In the incredibly high and dry Cafayate Valley a small family-run winery continues to look to the future ‘El Porvenir’. At present their aim is to reduce the US oak influence and produce wines which reflect terroir (land, climate and aspect), whilst planting vines in ever-more hostile environments. Here Torrontes, the indigenous white grape, is hand harvested in 3 stages of ripeness delivering aroma and flavour complexity. Amauta Torrontes has a touch of the exotic: rose, lemon grass and sweet spice, ripe and fresh. Mouthwateringly good with salmon ceviche.
Price with wine club discount: £9.45

Red Wines 

Pietas Vielles Vignes Carignan 2014, Pays D’Herault, France.  £8.50 3 bottles 
You’ve probably more commonly found Carignan accompanying grape varieties Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre to name a few. A challenging variety both in the vineyard, where it is slow to ripen and prone to disease, and in the winery, where due care is required to balance the acidity and tannin. ‘Pietas’ has risen to the challenge! Made from carefully selected, fully ripened fruit from low yielding 40 year old vines and vinified using modern techniques. Pietas is a medium bodied smooth Carignan with soft ripe fruit and a nice amount of the savoury, earthy character we associate with the variety. An impressive value red.
Price with wine club discount: £7.65

Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso ‘Capitel della Crosara’ 2013, Veneto, Italy.  £14  2 bottles 
Giorgio Montresor brings us a lipsmackingly good Valpolicella Ripasso, made from Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes from his single vineyard ‘Capitel della Crosara’, fine and richly flavoured it rivals many a red in its class.
You are probably familiar with Valpolicella but Ripasso? The ‘Ripasso’ method imparts both depth and character to the Valpolicella, as the dried sugar-rich skins of grapes used to make Amarone are added to the young wine and re-fermentation occurs. Giorgio’s finishing touch is the careful ageing in French and American oak, giving us a bright, juicy wine with just the right measures of spice and vanilla. A truly tasty wine to beat the winter blues or to serve with roast lamb on Mother’s Day, mamma mia!
Price with wine club discount: £12.60

Bobal de Sanjuan Tinto 2013, Utiel-Requena, Spain. £9 2 bottles 
Native to the Utiel-Requena region of Valencia, Bobal is a hardy variety withstanding the dry local climate, the extremes of the day and nighttime temperatures and cold winters. Where once Bobal was predominantly used in bulk wine production it is now being rediscovered to make quality single-variety wines. Bobal de SanJuan is a fine example of the evolution. An attractive aromatic red, freshness and crisp acidity is balanced by ripe red fruits and velvety tannins. Wonderful with Paella of course!
Price with wine club discount: £8.10

Sweet 

Chateau Civrac Late White 2012, Saussignac, France. £12 1 bottle
Cornishman Mark Hellyar’s new vintage Late White from the unsung wine region of Saussignac bordering Montbazillac certainly lives up to its predecessor’s expectations whilst carving out its own identity. This 2012 Semillon is a touch lighter than the previous vintage with an appealing freshness. Grapefruit marmalade and saffron layer the palate, luscious yet zesty it pairs nicely with Emily Scott’ s orange and almond pudding or, as i found, with traditional pancakes, drizzle at will!
Price with wine club discount: £10.80

Emily Scott’s Recipe

Total cost of wines: £131.50
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