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All killers. No fillers: Six classics worth the title - a six bottle box set

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A mixed case of absolute bangers that never fail to please. This case contains one bottle of each of the following wines - 

White wines

Te Whare Ra, Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere, New Zealand - New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a regular favourite but too often it feels like the volume has been turned up beyond 11.  And this is why we love Te Whare Ra. Anna and Jason Flowerday farm their vineyards in Awatere organically and biodynamically, a farming method which aims to maximise biodiversity and carries out various activities in the vineyards and winery in line with lunar phases.  

Te Whare Ra wines are delightfully elegant and quietly expressive but still wear their Marlborough origin with pride. White stonefruit and florality, coupled with lovely ripe tropical fruit and hints of basil and lime on the nose. These follow through to the palate – which is refined with vibrant fleshy fruit and great texture balanced by a ripe, juicy acidity and lingering minerality.

Producer - Te Where Ra
Country - New Zealand
Region - Awatere
Variety / Blend - Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Style - White Wine

Farming - Organic / Biodynamic

Domaine Les Hautes Terres, Les Autres Terres, VdF Blanc, Limoux, France - Grown on limestone rich soils high in the hills of the Aude, close to the Spanish border in Occitane, this wine is pure, elegant and has amazing finesse. 100% Chardonnay, made without any oak ageing by local boy Gilles Azam it is perhaps not what you might expect from this part of France. The grapes come from vineyards on north facing slopes on the highest part of the domaine which maintains acidity in the grapes and freshness in the wine, and the fossil rich soils add their own particular magic. Lovely with some fish or before a meal, this is a great Chardonnay for people who don’t usually like Chardonnay!

Producer - Domaine Les Hautes Terres 
Country - France
Region - Languedoc - Roussillon
Appellation - Limoux
Variety / Blend - Chardonnay   
Wine Style - White Wine

Farming - Organic

Red wines

Fuedo Antico, Montepulciano Organic, Abruzzo, Italy - Feudo Antico is a new winery in an ancient place. Planting new vineyards around 2010 unearthed remains of a roman villa and storage tanks used for wine and olive oil. But the hills around Tollo in the Abruzzo, near the Adriatic sea, saw massive conflict in WWII, the town literally razed to the ground and the vineyards destroyed. Feudo Antico has been at the centre of efforts to bring wine production back to the region and in the process bring it recognition for its individual character. The DOP Tullum is the result, the smallest denominated region in Italy with very strict rules about yields, vine density, viticulture and more. This wine is a great introduction to the producer. Made from 100% Montepulciano grape it has flavours or red berry fruits and wild cherry. Lovely with mature cheeses, grilled meat or a plate of salami. 

Producer - Feudo Antico
Country - Italy
Region - Montepulciano d’Abruzza
Variety / Blend - Montepulciano 
Wine Style - Red Wine
Farming - Organic

Odfjell, Armador Carmenere, Valle Central, Chile - All Chilean wines are fruity, straightforward and smell of fruit pastilles. So it can seem sometime but Odfjell’s wines have a bit more going on. Owned by the Odfjell family from Norway, also owners of ships, drilling platforms and much else, Odfjell Wines was created in the 1990’s and now has vineyards in several sites around Chile in order to match better the grape variety with the terroir. Some vineyards have been planted by the family, some were purchased, for example their 100 year old plus vines near Cauquenes. All are farmed biodynamically - organic plus in effect - and most without irrigation. They use horses to work in the vineyards, bees from their own hives plus chickens and sheep to enhance the biodiversity, keep the grass down and for pest control. The winery was designed to use gravity as much rather than pumps - kinder on the wine - and passive cooling strategies - kinder on energy use.

This carmenere has aromas of dark fruits and liquorice, with hints of black pepper and cloves. Long and refreshing finish with ripe fruit and soft tannins. Goes great with strong flavours like amb shanks or chicken madras.

Producer - Odfjell
Country - Chile
Region - Valle Central
Variety / Blend - Carmenere
Wine Style - Red Wine

Farming - Organic / Biodynamic    

Bodega Lanzaga, Corriente, Rioja, Spain - 

Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain's great ambassadors for wines of place, wines which truly reflect the land, weather and people who made them. Telmo has made wine all round Spain but his home is Rioja: his family owns Bodegas Remelluri.

Bodega Lanzaga is a more recent project for Telmo, using grapes grown on vineyards around the village of Lanciego in the cooler, damper subregion of Rioja, Rioja Alavesa.

Corriente is an early 20th century term to describe good, approachable everyday wines drunk by ordinary people that reflect their region. Creamy and spicy with earthy tannins and a touch of oak, perfect with whatever you're cooking up this weekend.

Producer - Bodega Lanzaga
Country - Spain
Region - Rioja    
Subregion - Rioja Alavesa
Variety / Blend - Graciano, Garnacha, Tempranillo
Wine Style - Red Wine

Farming - mixed of certified organic and traditional

Chateau Les Vieux Moulins, Pirouette, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux - We've only gone and finally bought some Bordeaux.
To be honest it's not actually the first we've had in four years of business but it's pretty much the first we've got properly excited about. You may think that's a bit slow but then the Bordeaux region has been remarkably slow on the uptake when it comes to organic viticulture and low intervention winemaking. Vested interests blocking change?

It takes characters like Damien Lorteau and his parents to be brave, step outside the mainstrean and breathe life (literally soil life) into their pocket of the right bank near Blaye. Damien returned to his parents vineyards after adventuring around the world, making wine working with progressive growers in Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the US as well as closer to home in Burgundy and the Rhône.

Pirouette from Château Les Vieux Moulins is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown on two distinct parcels, both farmed organically but with very different soil types. Damien uses no sulphur during vinification, just a dash at bottling and follows lunar cycles to carry out vineyard and winery work. The wine is distinctly Bordeaux but with lovely depth, life and vitality.
At last a Bordeaux to get excited about and one that doesn't cost a King's ransom too!

Producer - Chateau Les Vieux Moulins, Damien Lorteau
Country - France
Region -  Bordeaux   
Appellation  - Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
Variety / Blend - 45% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon    
Farming - Organic
Low sulphites

This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any is out of stock or becomes unavailable it will be replaced by one of equal or greater value and deliciousness.