Welcome to our new wine list. We have introduced several exciting new wines, confirming our list as, we hope, the finest and most wide-ranging selection in Orkney. Wine lovers are particularly encouraged to examine our Cellar Selection, towards the end of the list. All bottles are 750ml, unless otherwise stated. House wines are available by the 175ml and 125ml glass.
1.Grand Cape, Viognier, 2015, South Africa, £16
Our new house wines come from the Western Cape. The Viognier is full bodied, with luscious, tropical-fruit aromas. It has a touch of sweetness so will please those who like a medium style; but it’s sophisticated enough to bring a smile to the face of any lover of classic northern Rhône whites.
2. Emiliana, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Chile, £16
Dry and refreshing, this zesty, flavoursome Sauvignon comes from Chile’s Central Valley, where cool vineyard sites ensure crisp, clean flavours. A fine match for seafood, cold meat, and salad, but also a perfect wine to sip by itself.
3. Maison de Vigneron, Vaucluse Rouge, 2013, France, £16
A lovely medium-bodied southern red, grown in a river valley west of the mountains of Provence. Grenache grapes give a wine that is soft and fruity with just a sprinkle of spice. Very easy to drink, it’s good by the glass or with a wide range of lighter meat dishes.
4. Grand Cape, Shiraz, 2015, South Africa, £16
Like its white equivalent, this red wine is a dead-ringer for a fine wine from the northern Rhône – Crozes-Hermitage, perhaps. It’s full-bodied, powerful, scented with raspberries and violets, and very smooth. Extraordinary value for money: South African wine is on a roll just now.
5. Maison de Vigneron, Côtes de Gascogne Rosé, 2014/15, France, £16
From Gascony, south of Bordeaux, this is a perfectly delicious rosé. Light, dry and refreshing, it will match fish and salad, or make perfect pink drinking by itself.
6. Castaño, Monastrell Rosado, Spain, 2015, £19
The Castaño family are one of the most respected wine producers in Yecla, about fifty miles inland from Valencia. They specialise in old-vine Monastrell, which, combined with the warm sunny climate, produces beautifully coloured wines of great intensity. Their Rosado features lovely wild-strawberry aromas which lead on to a surprisingly full, rounded finish making it an excellent food wine. An exciting new rosé for our list.
CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING WINE
7. Lunetta, Prosecco Spumante, NV, Italy, £21
A fresh and frisky sparkling wine in traditional Italian style. Light bodied and a little off-dry, with crisp appley flavours, this is a very drinkable sparkler!
8. Valentin Bianchi, Extra Brut, NV, £30
Made using the classic Champagne grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and vinified using the classic Champagne method, this offers toasty aromas, long lasting fizz and subtle flavours at a price the French can only dream of. Highly recommended.
9. Taltarni, Brut Taché Rosé, Australia, 2011, £40
Sometimes only a pink bubbles will do! A New World brut rose to rival France’s greats, from the Pyrenees area in northern Victoria. Made from the traditional Champagne blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, it is also made using the ‘traditional method.’
10. Taltarni, Sparkling Shiraz, Australia, 2013, £40
One of Australia’s unique contributions to the world of wine, sparkling Shiraz is a fixture at every down under Christmas dinner – it does go well with turkey and all the trimmings. It’s a fantastic deep red in the glass, with fine pink bubbles – and despite being dry, is a good match for dense chocolate puddings as well as those chipolatas.
11.Champagne Lallier, Grand Cru Grande Réserve Brut, NV, France, £60
Lallier is a small, family-owned winery, free of the overpriced glitz often associated with the big brands. Made entirely from the best Grand Cru vineyards, this superb Champagne is chiefly Pinot Noir, with just a touch of Chardonnay, so has real depths of fruity flavour, as well as a superb, toasty fizz.
LIGHT, REFRESHING WHITE WINES
12. Goats Do Roam, 2014, South Africa, £20
Charles Back is a maverick with an eye for a humorous label. Luckily, he is also one of South Africa’s greatest winemakers. This unoaked blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc has freshness, lovely perfume and great fruit. A Lynnfield favourite.
13. Château du Coing de St Fiacre, Muscadet, 2014, France, £24
A classic seafood wine from the mouth of the Loire valley in eastern France. It originates between the Sèvre and Maine rivers, the best terroir in the area, where the winemaker’s family have owned vineyards since 1421! If you want a light refreshing wine to match mussels or other seafood, look no further.
14. Corte Giara, Pinot Grigio, 2015, Italy, £21
A lovely Pinot Grigio from its heartland between Venice and Verona, made by one of the area’s greatest winemakers, Franco Allegrini. Lots of perfume, plenty of refreshing acidity, and good length, all coming together in elegant harmony. Great by itself, with seafood, or with many salads and even white meat
15. Axel Pauly, ‘Generations’ Feinherb Riesling, 2014, Germany, £30
Axel Pauly recently took over the family vineyards from his father, after working at wineries around the world. His fresh touch is producing fresh modern Rieslings, from very dry to sumptuously sweet; this one is slightly sweet, but very much a sophisticated food wine: a stunning match for crab, and wonderful with any seafood. A perfect aperitif too, especially for those who think they don’t like Riesling!
16. Loimer, Kamptal Grüner Veltliner, 2014, Austria, £32
An outstanding introduction to a country whose wines we’re not too familiar with. Grüner Veltliner is about as crisp and zingy as wine gets – and is a fantastic match for oily fish such as mackerel and salmon. If you’re thinking of ordering those dishes, be a bit adventurous and try a ‘GV’ to accompany it: you won’t be disappointed.
17. Château de Fontenille Entre-Deux-Mers, 2014, France, £28
New to our list this year, but a classic wine. White Bordeaux varies in style, but this one is clean and refreshing, with subtle white-peach flavours. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon and Muscat, it makes an elegant match for seafood and salads.
18. Domaine de Corbillieres, Sauvignon de Touraine, 2015, France, £25
Remarkable value for an excellent Loire Valley interpretation of the world’s favourite aromatic grape: a lovely refreshing aperitif and a good match for lighter dishes. If you want to splash out on a Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé, see our Cellar Selection, but if you want to try one of the Loire’s hidden treasures, look no further.
19. Tinpot Hut, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2014/15, NZ, £26
Fiona Turner makes some of the fruitiest, most enjoyable wines in Marlborough, using fruit from her own vineyards at Blind River. The name harks back to the old sheep drovers’ bothies in the hills, and the wine is a great example of the classic Marlborough style: bursting with zesty aromas of grapefruit and fresh herbs. Deservedly popular.
FULLER BODIED WHITE WINES
20. Novas, Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2015, Chile, £25
A lovely full-bodied Chardonnay, from South America’s leading organic producer. Gold in the glass, with beautiful aromas of tropical fruit and toasted nuts. A touch of oak ageing gives a creamy texture, and the boldness to match white meat dishes as well as salads and fish.
21. Waterkloof, Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc, 2014, South Africa, £26
Winemaker Paul Boutinot hosted a Lynnfield Lux dinner early in 2016 and, of his many fine wines, this one stood out. It has a full, rich palate with quite a lot of weight, yet it’s balanced with perfect acidity. Try with scallops, white meats, or by itself.
22. Domaine Perraud, Mâcon Villages , 2013/14, French, £28
Every good wine list needs a white Burgundy, but in the face of crazy prices for the famous names and a lot of affordable but dull stuff, where to turn? The answer is to the southern appellation of Mâcon, and a young (just past 30) winemaker called Jean-Christophe Perraud. Using grapes from family vineyards as old as he is, he crafts lightly oaked Chardonnays that are full-flavoured and crisply acidic. Very adaptable, but we particularly like it with scallops and other shellfish. Highly recommended for lovers of refined old world wines
23. Laroche, Chablis, 2014, France, £35
Gwénaële Laroche stayed here during 2010’s wine festival and introduced us to her whole range: we didn’t hesitate to make this lovely wine our house Chablis. Unoaked, it’s a refreshing, streamlined interpretation with loads of crisp lemony fruit. A good match for fish, shellfish, chicken or salads – or as a palate-stimulating aperitif.
AROMATIC WHITE WINES
24. Novas, Gran Reserva Viognier, 2013, Chile, £25
A Chilean take on a classic Rhône grape: it’s voluptuously aromatic, with beautiful apricot and peach flavours and a medium to full body. Particularly good, we think, when paired with slightly spicy dishes like squid and Thai spices, as well as with grilled or roast salmon.
25. Cave de Turckheim, ‘Tradition’ Gewürztraminer, 2013, France, £26
Happy memories of off-dry, sweetly-aromatic German white wines? This wine should appeal hugely – it’s in a more modern, elegant style but retains all the appealing features of those favourite Germans of old. Lovely perfumes of rose petals and Turkish delight.
26. Martin Codax, Albariño, 2013, Spain, £27
Albariño is relatively unknown, but is one of the world’s great grapes, producing superb seafood wine. Grown in vineyards just two miles from the Atlantic, the cool seaside nights ensure the grapes’ aromatic character is retained, along with a nice crisp finish. If you haven’t tried Albariño before, we strongly recommend you do. And prepare to be wowed.
LIGHT TO MEDIUM BODIED REDS
27. Goats do Roam, 2015, South Africa, £20
Another winner from Charles Back: the quality of the wine belies its jokey name. If only all Côtes du Rhône were this fruity, smooth and spicy! Made mostly with Syrah, with touches of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache for added Rhone-style complexity and warmth, this is easy to drink, indeed easy to love and a match for very many dishes.
28. La Madone, Fleurie, 2014, France, £24
A very nice Fleurie indeed, with all the lovely flowery Beaujolais aromatics the name conjures up. A glowing cherry red colour in the glass, and a nice soft slurp in the mouth. One of our most popular reds.
29. Burlesque, Zinfandel, 2014, USA, £18
A new listing for 2015, and perhaps we’ll surprise you by placing it in the Light to Medium section! Zinfandels are often big, brutish monsters, but though this one has a healthy 14% alcohol, it’s surprisingly light and fresh. Its fruitiness is complemented by a sprinkling of pepper and spice. From old vines near Lodi, California. Food-wise, it’s a great all-rounder.
30. Fairview, Pinotage, 2014/15, South Africa, £25
Full and flavoursome without being at all heavy, this is a wonderful expression of South Africa’s signature variety. Very adaptable across a range of food-matches.
31. Vallet Frères, ‘Kirkness & Gorie’ Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2014, France, £27
Vallet Frères is a small family business established in 1864, and still adhering to traditional methods of vinification. No surprise, then, that their Pinot Noir is in classic Burgundian style: scented with raspberries and smoke, very light in colour and body, though with firm underlying tannins. Match with lighter meat dishes such as chicken or terrine. Less traditional is that it was bottled in Kirkwall by our wine supplier, overseen by visiting winemaker Pierre Vallet. La Vieille Alliance in action: made in France, bottled in Orkney!
JUICY ITALIAN REDS
32. Poggiotondo, Chianti ‘Cerro del Masse’, 2014, Italy, £25
From the heart of Tuscany comes this joyous Chianti: it has lots of power and intense cherry flavours, but is very drinkable – and a great food wine too. Try it with any Italian-influenced dish, or with lamb and other red meats. From the personal estate of leading wine consultant Alberto Antonini.
33. Allegrini, Valpolicella, Italy, 2015, £27
Allegrini is one of the stars of the Veneto area in north-central Italy: his Valpolicella stands out like a beacon of quality midst a sea of factory-farmed wines of that name. Fairly light bodied, this nonetheless has charming cherry aromas, good length, and a lot of class. Try with fuller-flavoured fish dishes as well as terrines, chicken and lighter meat dishes.
34. Cento Cavalli, Nero d’Avola, Italy, 2015, £20
Made from the native Sicilian Nero d’Avola variety – ‘black grape of Avola’ – this wine is indeed inky dark, with dark flavours too: sun-ripened plums, the tang of mellow balsamic, even chocolate. It’s smooth but powerful, a great match for many lamb and beef dishes. An exciting addition to our list for 2016/17.
A TASTE OF IBERIA
35. Foral, Douro, 2014, Portugal, £18
The blend of local grapes – Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Francesca – doesn’t give much indication of what to expect, so we’ll tell you: it’s a full-bodied, characterful wine with herby aromas, and rich plum and raisin aromas. (Not surprising, as it originates in the Douro Valley, home also to rich, plummy Port.) Match with robust dishes.
36. Bodegas Artesa, Rioja Crianza, 2012/13, Spain, £20
Towards the fruitier end of Rioja, this is a highly adaptable, highly enjoyable red. Made entirely from Tempranillo grapes, it has the raspberry and smoke aromas you’d expect, and a long, lip-smacking finish. Try with pork and lamb. We’ll be moving to 2010 soon.
37. Pinna Fidelis, Rivera del Duero, Spain, 2014, £20
New to our list of 2015, and one of our most exciting new discoveries of the past few years. This is exuberantly fruity, with aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants and cherries vying for attention – and it’s all underpinned by a subtle flavour of sweet vanilla from oak ageing. Great value for a famous area, and a great all-round red, suitable for a wide range of foods.
38. Vega del Rayo, Rioja Reserva, 2009/10, Spain, £24
Fantastic value for a high quality Rioja, with all the juicy, raspberry-ish flavours you’d expect, and a generous dollop of oak for structure. Modern in style – meaning generous with its fruit, and not too tannic –so a good match for a wide range of white and red meat dishes.
MEDIUM BODIED REDS, OLD WORLD AND NEW
39. Les Terres du Roy, Côtes du Rhône, 2014/16, France, £20
The southern Rhône valley is a great source of bold, fruity, slightly spicy reds. There’s a stunning Châteauneuf du Pape in our Cellar Selection, and this is a similar blend – Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre – that is ripe and warm, with a sprinkle of pepper.
40. Calbuco, Merlot, 2015, Chile, £20
Very drinkable Bordeaux-style red from a Chilean producer who offers great value as well as good quality. Lovely blackcurrant and cedar aromas, and a firm structure: a great match for many meat dishes.
41. Nativa, Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, 2010, £21
Nativa was the first Chilean winery to go organic, back in 1999. Ecological thinking informs everything they do, and the good news for us is that this produced exceptionally healthy, flavoursome grapes. Lovely blackcurrant and cassis aromas, and a lick of tannin, make this a perfect match for lamb or mutton.
42. Nieto Senetiner, Bonarda, 2013, Argentina, £21
A new listing for 2015, and a wine that impressed us hugely at recent tastings. (And that was before we found out it was a multiple award-winner around the world.) A generous mouthful of plummy, brambly fruit, with a refreshing minerality on the finish. After Malbec it’s Argentina’s second most popular red, and we reckon it could become just as popular over here too. Try with any white or red meat.
43. Chateau Mahon-Laville, Bordeaux Superieur, 2012, France, £29
Jean-Christophe Barbe’s day job is Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University. After hours he makes wine on his family property, including this classic Claret. The blend is three-quarters Merlot for deep plummy flavours, and a quarter Cabernet Sauvignon for extra depth and structure. Great with a wide variety of foods.
BIG SPICY REDS
44. Bodegas Castaño, Hecula, Spain, 2013/14, £20
A powerful, earthy red from south-east Spain, in the mountains above Alicante. Made from the Monastrell grape (or Mourvèdre as it is known in France) this is a dark, brooding wine with assertive tannins that really comes into its own when matched with a nice juicy steak, North Ronaldsay mutton, or perhaps venison.
45. Altos los Hormigas, Malbec Classico, Argentina, 2012, £28
Argentina’s ‘national grape’ brings its signature dark purple colour and plummy aromas to this outstanding food wine. Lots of character and good length make it a natural to pair with a good steak
46. Mitolo, Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia, 2013, £30
New to our list for 2016, though we have featured Mitolo’s wines at several Lux dinners. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is made using partially dried grapes, resulting in a classic Southern Australian red: deep in colour, powerfully scented, a bit of a blockbuster in fact. But with the right food its balance shines through; try with steak, chops and even cheese!
47. The Goatfather, South Africa, 2013/14, £26
Charles Back uses fruit from old vineyards planted by Italian settlers for this wine. A blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon isn’t traditional, but there is a characteristic Italian savoury tang underlying the ripe, sunny South African sweetness.
48. The Black Craft, Shiraz, Australia, 2014, £28
This is what makes Australia a great wine country: straight-ahead, no-nonsense, easy-drinking red, with buckets of warm, red berry flavours, substantial but not sledgehammer body, and a few subtle eucalyptus notes tucked away underneath. Pure pleasure.
LYNNFIELD CELLAR SELECTION
We are proud to offer a special selection of premium quality wines, from some of the world’s leading winemakers. As elsewhere in our list, we have selected here on the basis of interest and appropriateness for our menu, rather than just ‘bagging’ famous names.
We would be very happy to decant any of these wines for you, which may be beneficial for some of the bigger reds in pariticular: please just ask us when you order.
49. Château Mouras, Grand Vin de Graves, 2011, France, £40
This is Professor Jean-Christophe Barbe’s top red, a full-flavoured but elegant Claret, with the characteristic mineral edge of the Graves terroir. Half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot, this is a red with a lot of finesse: it would be a lovely match for chicken, pork and cheese as well as red meat dishes.
50. Château Clos de la Cure, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2011, France, £46
The wines of St Emilion are favoured by attractive plummy aromas and soft, generous palates, and this is no exception. Long ageing in oak is apparent only in the underlying structure, generously clothed in rich, rounded Merlot fruit. Tannins are very fine, the finish long. A fine match for game, beef or mature cheese.
51. Château Tayac, Margaux, 2010, France, £57
A classic left bank blend, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and just a touch of Petit Verdot in support. The wines of the Margaux appellation are famed for their subtlety, finesse and fine tannins, and this is no exception. But this fourth-generation family wine has an intensity of fruit that marks it out as something special – especially with roast beef or lamb
52. Domaine Perraud, Saint-Veran, 2013, French, £36
A classic Chardonnay from southern Burgundy, crafted by talented young winemaker Jean-Christophe Perraud. Awarded a gold medal at the International Sommelier Awards 2010, it’s notable for its freshness, vivacity and lemony crispness. Wonderful with scallops or lobster.
53. Vallet Frères, Meursault, 2013, £70
‘One wishes there were more people like Vallet in Burgundy,’ wrote renowned critic Robert Parker, praising their adherence to traditional Burgundian wine-making. This Meursault is a great example of the classic style: elegant in texture, with complex vanilla and cashew aromas and a long mineral finish. Superb with chicken, lobster and other rich, creamy dishes. We’re currently on the excellent 2009 vintage, with the even better 2010 to follow in due course.
54. Vallet Frères, Gevrey-Chambertin, 2007, France, £60
The Vallets’ wines are old fashioned in that they prioritise elegance over power. Their wines are also intended to age well, and this is no exception; in fact, at seven years of age it is just coming into its prime. The bouquet (raspberries and woodlands) is delicate, the colour almost translucent, the palate lacy and long lasting. Match with lighter dishes and allow the wine to shine
55. Domaine de Maltaverne, L’Ammonite Pouilly Fumé, 2014, France, £30
The Loire Valley is heartland of traditional Sauvignon Blancs, and this is a sophisticated yet easy to drink wine from one of its most famous villages. The fruit is there in abundance, but so are complex aromas of smoke and flint. Delicious.
56. Domaine Henry Pellé, Sancerre ‘La Croix de la Garde,’ 2014, France, £35
A classic Sancerre and a wonderful wine: mixing generous fruity aromas with underlying crisp minerality as only Sancerre can. Great with shellfish, goats’ cheese, asparagus – or, of course, by itself. We’ll be moving to 2011 in due course.
57. Fleury Père et Fils, Bourgeuil, 2014, France, £28
An exciting addition to our Cellar Selection, and the first time we have featured a red wine from the Loire. The grape is Cabernet Franc, the aromas are of raspberry and blackcurrant leaf. It’s medium bodied, with just a lick of earthy tannin, making it delicious with a wide range of white and red meat dishes. Imported exclusively by our local wine merchant, we can guarantee you won’t find this in any other restaurant in the country!
58. Cave de Tain, St Joseph, ‘Esprit de Granit,’ France, 2009/11, £45
A classic northern Rhône red, 100% Syrah, from one of France’s leading co-operatives. It has an impressively smooth and rich texture, with intense raspberry and bramble flavours and a hint of minerality from the granite soils of the area (hence the name.) A superb expression of the terroir: wonderful with steak, beef, lamb and cheese.
59. Domaine de Chante Cigale, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2012, France, £46
A great example of an old favourite from the southern Rhône, Chante Cigale is full of ripe, dark flavours: everything from brambles to black pepper to liquorice to tar. But all in smooth, sophisticated harmony. A natural match for stews, steak and other full flavoured foods.
60. Alpha Zeta, Amarone, 2011, Italy, £55
A wine unique to the Valpolicella area, made by air-drying Corvina and Rondinella grapes till their flavours concentrate and intensify. It’s a big wine in every sense: Port lovers who want a wine to accompany their main course will be delighted by this! A winner with hearty beef and game dishes, or with strong, hard cheese to finish your dinner.
61. Campiogiovanni, Brunello di Montalcino, 2007/09, Italy, £65
One of Italy’s most famous wines, Brunello is made only around the tiny hilltop town of Montalcino in the warm, southern part of Tuscany. Aged for three years in barrel before bottling, the oak brings vanilla notes to the rich, underlying black-cherry fruit flavours. A quintessential aristocratic Italian red, this is superb with beef, game or Italian cheese.
62. Poderi Colla, Barolo, Bussia Dardi Le Rose, 2009, Italy, £62
A textbook Barolo: in the glass it’s the colour of a Piemontese sunset, on the nose there’s tar and roses, on the palate plenty of firm tannin. We recommend decanting this wine, and matching it with our heartiest beef and mutton dishes. Then it will reveal its true majesty: an Italian classic, with real class.
SPAIN & PORTUGAL
63. Señerio de Sarria, Navarra Gran Reserva, 2009, Spain, £30
Sarria lies in hills outside Pamplona, and specialises in Tempranillo grapes, with some Cabernet and Merlot also grown. Their best grapes, in exceptional years, are vinified as Gran Reserva wines, made for long ageing: three years in oak followed by two more in bottle before release. The 1999 is brick-red in colour, has mature aromas of vanilla and leather, and complex dried-fruit and vanilla flavours. It’s dry, tannic enough to match well with steak and other red meat and game, and a rare treat for lovers of traditional Spanish reds.
64. Quinta da Terrugem, Alentejo, 2007, £32
Two of Portugal’s unique indigenous grapes – Tinta Roriz and Trincadeira – both from very old vineyards, combine to create a wine that could only be Portuguese. (Real aficionados might insist it could only be from Alentejo, in the south-east near the Spanish border!) Characteristic of fruitcake and Christmas spices lead into a wine with lots of body and a long, slight smoky finish. Unusual and delicious.
65. Shaw+Smith, Shiraz, 2013, Australia, £48
We’ve loved this wine for years, and had mixed feelings when it won the Australian Shiraz Trophy at 2014’s International Wine Challenge. We were pleased, because it’s a powerful yet perfectly balanced red that deserves all the prizes going; but we were disappointed, because it swiftly became almost impossible to find! Luckily we had a couple of cases put aside…enjoy it while you can. (Lovers of Northern Rhône reds should give this a try.).
66. Plantagenet, Great Southern Chardonnay, 2013, Australia, £38
The first ever Orkney Wine Festival dinner was at The Lynnfield, and featured Plantagenet wines, so we’re delighted to be adding their benchmark Chardonnay to our Cellar Selection in 2013. Intense, mineral and complex, it is a hugely enjoyable wine: toasty oak aromas in perfect balance with pure orchard fruit flavours. Highly recommended.
67. Greywacke, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, New Zealand, £35
Kevin Judd was founding winemaker at Cloudy Bay, and guided that winery to its immense critical and popular success over more than twenty years. Five years ago he moved on and founded his own, much smaller winery, and is starting to make waves. This is not a simple, grassy Marlborough Sauvignon: Judd encourages multiple levels of complexity and richness. Outstanding with white meat as well as rich fish dishes
68. Greywacke, Marlborough Pinot Noir, 2015, New Zealand, £60
Greywacke are best known for their whites, but their Pinot Noir is such a stunner (featured at the 2016 Orkney Wine Festival) that we just had to add it to our list. It has the depth of flavour and balance of a great Burgundy, but with the exuberant fruit that only the New World can bring. This is never going to be a best seller…but everyone who tries it will love it!
SWEET AND FORTIFIED WINES
Our Sherries are produced in Jerez by a Norwegian, Jan Pettersen. The Spaniards have taken him to their heart – and anyone trying these wonderful wines will understand why. They really are (as the critics are saying) amongst the finest Sherries in existence. All are available by the glass, and make excellent aperitifs, though we do recommend the Fino as an excellent seafood accompaniment too.
69. Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino, NV, Spain, £25; £4 per 70 ml glass
Mouth-wateringly fresh, crisp and dry, this would be lovely by itself at the start of a meal, or – best of all – with fish and shellfish.
70. Fernando de Castilla, Classic Amontillado, NV, Spain, £28 ; £4 per 70 ml glass
Lengthy ageing in oak results in a tawny-coloured, smooth and nutty wine, with just a hint of sweetness. A great aperitif, or good with mixed, tapas-style foods, and cheese.
71. Fernando de Castilla, Classic Cream, NV, Spain, £28 ; £4 per 70 ml glass
Moderately sweet but not syrupy: this is mahogany coloured and aromatic. Again a good aperitif for those who like to start sweet; but can also accompany desserts and blue cheeses.
72. Curatolo, Marsala Superiore Riserva, NV, Italy. £30; £5 per 70ml glass.
The Curatolo family have been making Marsala for over a century. This, their top wine, is smooth, sweet, complex and very drinkable. Sip as an aperitif, or after dinner, or even with a biscuit instead of afternoon tea!
73. Mas Lavail, Maury Rouge, 2012, (375ml), France. £23; £6 per 70ml glass.
One of France’s most famous sweet red wines, this is a hedonistic delight: beautifully perfumed with berry aromas, fully sweet yet with perfect balancing acidity. A perfect way to end your meal, by itself or with dried fruit tarts – or above all, as the winemaker recommends, with chocolate-based desserts.
74. Araldica, Moscato Passito ‘Palazzina’, 2012, (375ml), Italy, £18; £5 per 70ml glass.
Remarkable value for an irresistibly sweet and aromatic wine from Piedmont. Light and with attractive floral notes, it is lovely by itself, or with simple, fresh-fruit desserts.
75. Chateau Laville, Sauternes, 2011, (375ml), France, £40; £10 per 70ml glass.
Sauternes produces the world’s greatest sweet wines, and Chateau Laville’s meticulous approach to winemaking ensures theirs is a fine, multi-award-winning example: intense, honeyed and very long. It’s a wine of sweetness, clarity and balance, as you’d expect from its maker, Professor Jean-Christophe Barbe of Bordeaux University’s winemaking department!. A joy by itself, and a heavenly match for blue cheese and fruit-based desserts.
76. Quinta do Infantado, Dry White Port, NV, Portugal, £28: £4 per 70ml glass.
White Port is little seen in this country, but is immensely popular in Portugal, usually drunk well chilled as an aperitif. Krohn’s version is dry, light and tangy, somewhat reminiscent of an aged Fino sherry. Add ice and even tonic, if you like. “La perfection dans la genre,” says Gault Millau, the French wine guide.
77. Quinta do Infantado, LBV, 2008, Portugal, £38. 70ml glass: ; £5 per 70ml glass.
A refined Late Bottled Vintage Port, from a small, family-owned, quality-focused Douro firm. Everything you’d expect: dark, strong, slightly sweet and spicy, and beautifully mellow. Perfect with Stilton and other blue cheeses or to sip by itself.
78. Quinta do Infantado, Tawny, 10 anos, (375ml), Portugal, £28; £7 per 70ml glass
Infantado Tawny Port is aged in barrels for at least ten years, giving it a beautiful glowing hue in the glass, and a smooth, mellow, sweet-edged palate. Excellent by itself or with cheese.
79. Quinta do Infantado, Vintage Port, 1997, Portugal, £82 ; £10 per 70ml glass.
True vintage port offers a unique experience. Only ‘declared’ in selected years (typically every three years or so) when conditions allow particularly high quality wines to be made. This is a giant of a wine, but a giant with finesse and grace. 2004 was an excellent year, and this is now entering its majestic maturity.