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NEW ARRIVALS: Circa 1788 and Little Eden (Australia)

Circa 1788 Pinot Grigio €11.49 or €9.99 for 2+ Unpretentious, straightforward wine with simple fruity flavours of yellow apple, dessert pear and alpine flowers. The soft, pulpy palate mirrors the aromatics, but with a hint of musky papaya too. Mellow, nonchalant style that soothes the palate. Perfect for drinking on its own but goes well with creamy …

NEW ARRIVALS: Johnny Q / Treasures (Australia)

QUARISA’S WINES are crafted with passion by John Quarisa, an animated, larger-than-life Aussie whose family were hardworking Italian immigrants. Johnny Q Chardonnay-Viognier 2010 South Eastern Australia Intro Price €11.99 (RRP €13.49) Fresh, midweight white with delicate notes of peach and melon from the 86% Chardonnay and honeysuckle and apricot from the Viognier. Enjoy on its own, with …

NEW ARRIVALS: Tim Adams (Clare Valley, South Australia)

THE CLARE VALLEY is the most northerly GI (appellation) of the Mount Lofty Ranges zone of South Australia, around 125km north of Adelaide. Known for its critically-acclaimed dry Riesling, it also produces premium Cabernet, Shiraz and Grenache. The climate is broadly continental, with warm summer days and chilly nights that help the grapes to retain …

NEW FROM ITALY: Castanzu (Sardinia) and Statua (South)

SARDINIA, the Mediterranean’s second-largest island, grows a pan-European mix of grapes that doesn’t bear much resemblance to what is cultivated on mainland Italy. Grenache (called Cannonau here) and Vermentino are important. And Carignan, Cabernet, Bobal, Malvasia and Moscato are grown too, as well as a handful of local oddities. Only a small proportion of the …

NEW ARRIVALS FROM BLEASDALE (Langhorne Creek, South Australia)

FRANK POTTS, AN IMMIGRANT FROM ENGLAND, founded Bleasdale back in 1858 and, six generations later, his descendants form the second-oldest wine family in Australia, after Yalumba. The Bleasdale name comes from a local Reverend, John Ignatius Bleasdale, who advocated a “sober, wine-drinking community that excludes ardent spirits.” An anti-temperance priest suited Frank’s ironic sense of …

NEW ARRIVALS: Bosio / Boschi Dei Signori (Piemonte, Italy)

ESTABLISHED IN 1967, BOSIO is a family-run winery where rural Piemontese tradition and modern winemaking technology work in harmony to produce a range of stylish wines with a real sense of place. Bosio Barbera 2012 €12.99 or €10.39 when you buy 2+ Fragrant with glossy dark cherry fruit and hints of blackberry, mushroom and wood smoke. …

NEW ARRIVALS: Tierra Agricola Labastida (Rioja Alavesa)

This highly-regarded bodega is run by the Fernandez brothers (Carlos is pictured in front of his rugged old Tempranillo vines) in the rainy Riojan subregion of Alavesa, high up in the Basque hills. Along with Alta, Alavesa produces Rioja’s most elegant and complex wines. The Sierra Cantabria dominate the local landscape, and chilling Atlantic weather …

NEW ARRIVALS: Bodegas Muñoz and Artero (Castilla / La Mancha, Spain)

Founded in 1940, Viñedos y Bodegas Muñoz started as a small plantation in the town of Noblejas, in the heart of La Mancha. Today, it farms 400 ha of gnarled old vines, with an average age of 40 years; and its winemaking facilities include 1,500 ageing barrels and a state-of-the-art bottling line that ensures clean, …

5 NEW WINES from Château de la Négly!

Boutique producer Château de la Négly is located in La Clape, an illustrious subregion of the Côteaux du Languedoc appellation. Meaning “pile of stones” in the old Occitan tongue, La Clape is a World Heritage site that was until the Gallo-Roman period an island. Since becoming Négly’s estate manager in 1992, Jean Paux-Rosset has been …

New arrivals: Kanu Wines (Western Cape, South Africa)

Stellenbosch-based Kanu – whose name relates to the legendary African bird of bounteous harvests and not the gangly ex-Arsenal striker – dates from 1692 when German soldier Matthias Greef was gifted the farm by a local governor. At first he used it to raise sheep and grow medicinal herbs, before sensibly switching to grapes. Much …