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Mountain View Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

Chile - Luis Felipe Edwards bought his first vineyard, the 60-hectare Fundo San Jose estate in the Colchagua Valley, in 1976 and has since grown his winery into the largest family-owned winery in Chile, with vineyards throughout Colchagua, Maule and Leyda. Thoroughly citrussy on the nose, with fresh lime and lemon forming the aromatic backdrop. More citrus on the palate, accompanied by a riper hint of pineapple, and mouthwatering acidity. Partner with a herbaceous salad, or with all manner of fish and seafood.

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Tu Meke Chardonnay, Gisborne 2014, New Zealand

New Zealand - On the beautiful east coast of New Zealand a group of independent grape growers grew tired of seeing their hard work disapeering into the blends of the massive wine brands and decided to branch out and produce wine for themselves. Tu Meke is the result. Intense yet balanced. Peach, nectarine and citrus. Refreshing fruit and a creamy richness. This wine has it all. Best with meaty fish or creamy chicken dishes

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Villa Nueva Malbec 2015, Mendoza

Argentina - Made from grapes grown on slopes in the Mendoza River Valley. The bunches are hand harvested before destemming and crushing. A natural malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place producing a wine with a soft mouth feel and a gentle character. Intense flavours of plum and cherry with gentle tannins make this a soft and fruity wine with a lengthy finish. A perfect match for grilled meat but works equally as well with all manner of pasta dishes.

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Villa Nueva Torrontes 2016

Argentina - Bodegas Santa Ana was founded over 120 years ago by Luis Tirasso a native Italian. The torrontes grape variety is closely related to muscat and produces fresh aromatic wines reminicent of both muscat and gewurztraminer. This example of torrontes has all the classic flavours and aromas of the variety, white flowers, citrus and a hint of spice. The finish is crisp and balanced. This versatile wine can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, with seafood or with mildly spiced dishes.

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Ondine Chardonnay 2015, Darling, Western Cape

South Africa - With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine offering a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel. Fresh lemon and peach fruit provide the backdrop, which is overlaid with gentle notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy palate texture. Drink with pan-seared fish and steamed vegetables.

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Bricchetto Trebbiano 2015, IGT Rubicone

Italy - Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white. Fresh and straightforward, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit, with subtle white flower aromatics. Dry, soft-edged and clean on the finish. Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with lightly-dressed salads or creamy spaghetti dishes.

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La Serrana Rose 2016, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Spain - Central Spain is one of the most diverse and prolific wine producing regions in Europe, and is the source of many great value wines such as this fruit-driven rose. A short maceration gives a light, delicate and easy-drinking style. An intense pink wine with plenty of juicy berry fruit. Strawberry and raspberry flavours are complemented by a creamy texture and crisp, refreshing acidity. A perfect summertime aperitif!

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La Serrana Tempranillo 2016, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Spain - Although best known as the backbone of Rioja's rich, oak-matured reds, Tempranillo also excels when vinified using more modern methods that preserve its supple, naturally jammy fruit character, creating some brilliant value everyday wines such as this. Classic Tempranillo notes of dark cherry and blackcurrant are lifted by a hint of dried flowers and spice. Superbly balanced, the fruits of the forest flavours are perfectly complemented by soft tannins. Approachable and good value, to be drunk now with barbecues and steaks.

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Bricchetto Sangiovese 2015, IGT Rubicone

Italy - Made by one of Italy's major cooperatives, this is a superb value Sangiovese from Rubicone, a relatively modern IGT region of central Italy in which many wineries have begun to specialise in single-varietal wines such as this. A light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters in abundance. Lithe tannins and snappy acidity make for an easy-drinking feel. A great all-rounder, easy to pair with a wide range of pasta dishes or Mediterranean salads.

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Cortese 2015, Araldica, Piemonte

Italy - Araldica Castelvero is a cooperative cellar based in the village of Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. Cortese is one of the principal white grapes here. This wine is sourced from the grape's heartland of Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. A pale, light-bodied and crisp white, full of racy citrus flavours alongside softer notes of apple and pear, and subtly verdant nettle-like aromatics. Partners beautifully with spaghetti genovese.

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Fish Hoek Malbec 2015, Western Cape

South Africa - The Fish Hoek range of wines was the brainchild of Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone Winery, which is famously housed in an old dynamite factory on the outskirts of Cape Town. This wine is a blend of Malbec with 10% Pinotage. A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice. Pair with char-grilled steaks, or cream of sun-dried tomato soup.

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'Les Galets' Côtes du Rhône 2014

France - Galets are the large pudding stones found in the Rhône valley which help store heat and provide excellent drainage. This Côtes-du-Rhône is blended to provide an accessible, early drinking style without being overly tannic or full bodied. Showing gorgeous, succulent notes of red and black berry fruit flavours and a warming hint of spiciness. Soft and supple tannins contribute to a long and rounded finish. Enjoy as a red to go with canapes or food at parties, or the spicy richness can match a range of red meat dishes.

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Pazos De Ulloa Ribeiro 2015

Spain - This wine was specially selected and blended by our head buyer Matt Pym on a recent trip to Spain. The wine is fresh and crisp with aromatic flavours of white peach and apple and a refreshing minerality on the finish. Enjoy with delicate fish or shellfish dishes.

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Don Armando Malbec 2015

Argentina - From the Bodega de los Toneles, named after the large oak barrels used to age the wines, the grapes are sourced from the premium growing areas within Mendoza. Typical of Malbec the wine has flavours of plums, cherries, blackcurrant, violet with just a hint of chocolate on the silky finish. You can't really look past a good steak to go with this wine.

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Terra Pegoes Vinho Branco 2015

Portugal - Portugal is the source of some great value, straightforward yet uniquely-styled whites, many of which are made from grape varieties seldom found outside of the country. This example comes from the Setúbal Peninsula, a coastal region immediately to the south of Lisbon. A light-bodied and easy-drinking white wine with moderate acidity providing a gentle texture. Subtly floral on the nose, combining hints of blossom with a core of ripe citrus fruit. A great match for chicken tagine with dried apricots and mild aromatic spices.

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Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2015, Limarí Valley 37.5cl Half bottle

Chile - This dessert wine comes from Limarí in northern Chile, where the long ripening season produces wines with great fruit concentration. After harvesting, the grapes are partially sun-dried, reducing their water content and thus concentrating the sugars. Straw yellow in colour, with golden highlights. Aromas of white flowers, peach, apricots and quince carry through to a palate of more ripe stone fruits and dried fig flavours. Match with sticky toffee pudding, sweet fruit cheesecake, or rich blue cheeses.

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Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Central Valley

Chile - Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal. A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose. A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg.

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Cuvee Sainte Geneviève Blanc, Vin de France

France - Sourced from a range of vineyards, primarily in the Charentes and Gascogne regions, supplemented by traditional varieties from the Loire Valley, this is a versatile and easy-drinking wine very much in the southern French tradition. Light with an up-front nose of citrus fruit, tinged with a subtle leafy character. Crisp and dry on the palate, with plenty of refreshing acidic bite. A great lunchtime white, ideal as a partner for rice or pasta salads, or simple white meat and fish dishes.

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Cuvee Sainte Geneviève Rouge nv, Vin de France

France - This wine is made from grapes sourced from a number of growers, and vinified at Caves de Landiras, a state-of-the-art winery at the heart of the winemaking scene for many small vaineyards in the south and southwest corners of France. Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin. Light-to medium-bodied, this wine will partner with anything from cold cuts to flavoursome pasta dishes.

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Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Mendoza

Argentina - Award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. Perfect with all light seafood dishes or soft cheeses.

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Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Central Valley

Chile - A great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character. A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality. Drink with fresh seafood and light pasta dishes.

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Torres Viña Sol 2015, Catalunya

Spain - Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine. A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

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Anakena El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley

Chile - This wine comes from Las Brisas vineyard in Leyda Valley, just 10km inland of the Pacific, in an area that has become one of Chile's most prized terroirs for cool-climate varieties. The wine is named 'The Traveller' in honour of the winemaker, South African Gavin Taylor. A well balanced Sauvignon offering inviting and harmonious aromas of citrus fruits, guava, papaya and green grass. Ripe and zesty fruit flavours culminate in a long, clean finish. The perfect partner for a freshly made goat's cheese salad, or for fish dishes.

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Mountain View Carmenère 2016, Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

Chile - In 1976, Luis Felipe Edwards Snr purchased the Fundo San Jose estate in Puquillay, Colchagua Valley. From those original 60 hectares of old vines, Luis grew the estate into Chile's largest family-owned winery, now managed by his daughter and two sons. Full of soft, ripe blackberry and damson fruit, set apart from the norm by subtle earthy, smoky notes, redolent of toast. Rounded yet firm tannins frame the thick and juicy fruit. Best served with your favourite homemade chili con carne.

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Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Darling, Western Cape

South Africa - The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture. Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016, Grifone

Italy - As seen on TV. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.

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Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Robertson

South Africa - In the warm and dry climate in the Robertson Valley lies this winery with the same name. It is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence for this classic Sauvignon Blanc. With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours. Superb with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

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Santa Ana Malbec 2016, Mendoza

Argentina - Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards. Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish. Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

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Domaine de Montval Syrah 2015, PGI Pays du Gard

France - The Pays du Gard is an area to the southern end of the Rhône Valley, nestling between Côtes du Rhône and the Languedoc, a location reflected in its wine styles. This wine is therefore a supple, Mediterranean-influenced take on the classic Rhône red. A softly textured, ripe, plush Syrah full of blackcurrant and cherry fruit. Bolstered by hints of pepper and dark cocoa, the wine is nicely balanced, with a subtly saline finish. Ideal with lamb chops grilled with fragrant herbs.

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Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2016, Central Valley

Chile - Santa Rita's 120 range has been named in tribute to 120 freedom fighters who sheltered at the Santa Rita winery during Chile's war of independence in 1814. The Carmènère is sourced from a range of vineyard sites throughout Chile's Central Valley. A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak. Enjoy with simple pasta dishes, grilled lamb chops or simply on its own.