Stellenbosch is the beating heart of the South African wine industry. It has the perfect soils and climate to make some of the best Merlot on the planet.
Lucky for us, Johan’s connections there include some of South Africa’s winemaking top brass. So when a mate of his made a vintage of one of the country’s most sought after Merlots, Johan used all his charm (plus a dollop of Angel funding) to snaffle a parcel up for you.
From the first sip it’s velvety soft and silky, like proper Merlot should be. With big warm hugs of red fruit, a lovely lifted flavour and a smooth, rich finish.
Hamish Maguire is a Naked superstar down under, but the Aussies love his wines so much they tend to keep it all to themselves, meaning very few have reached UK shores. Thankfully, we got a tip off that this one was a complete worldie, and we just had to get our hands on it.
McLaren Vale is already known for producing fine, indulgent reds that are a real step up from your typical Aussie bruiser. But the 2018 vintage was extra-special, with low yields of incredibly high quality grapes. So Hamish decided he’d kick things up a notch by making a barrel-fermented Shiraz in swanky American oak.
This is pure premium Shiraz. Stylish and elegant with that signature Shiraz power, and delicious notes of lush cherries, blackberries and luxurious spice. All the classic Aussie characteristics are there - power, spice, length, texture - but it isn’t a big, bold, in-your-face number, it’s more elegant… and extremely drinkable.
- From the Ebenezer region of the highly sought after Aussie Barossa Valley, comes this opulent and energetic red that is far from Scrooge like. In recent years Barossa has been making serious waves, and its name has become synonymous with everything there is to love about Australian wine.
- It's all thanks to winemakers like Giles who, with painstaking year round care, make sure their vines are meeting standards that are out of this world. The ripeness of his grapes means everything - Giles has been studying ripening patterns for years, so you best believe the beauties contained in each bottle of the Gilo Barossa were picked not a moment too soon, or too late.
- Mark our words, the difference this makes is BIG (as well as incredibly tasty). This Barossa is more balanced than 'blockbuster', with a clear brightness and refinement that reveals its elegant, textured style with each sip. The subtle spiced red fruit flavour and warming oak round up, is not one to be missed.
- The Best Wine in Spain over £10 according to Decanter - Gorka's gift to you. This may not be cheap, but if you're looking for a wine to fit a very special occasion, look no further.
- All the wonders one would hope for from a Rioja, plus those touches you know only comes from great hands - Gorka's. Bundles of rich rich rich red fruits, oak, tobacco and oodles of length. Splendid!
- To get the best out of this wine, Gorka recommends decanting it for an hour before drinking.
- Rodolfo puts a lot of effort into his winemaking, especially his Gran Reservas. These are effectively his crown jewels, and he protects, nurtures and lavishes them with love.
- In Rioja, they don’t allow any old wine to be called Gran Reserva. Some of the strictest wine rules in the world ensure its consistent quality. Only a select list of grapes can go into it. The grapes have to be high quality, and the wine aged for a minimum period to earn the Gran Reserva classification.
- Rodolfo's top drop has been aged in wood for years, you know it the moment you smell its smoky vanilla nose. But when the wine hits your tongue it's all about the powerful, black cherry and raspberry fruits and the long lingering finish.
- It takes a master winemaker to make a complex wine like this, so when our Winemaker of the Year, Stefano, heard we were looking for a Valpolicella genius, he didn't hesitatate in tipping us off to his good friend Mirko. When Mirko sent over some samples of the wine, our search was over.
- Mirko's luxurious Valpolicella Ripasso has that rich, generous, dark plummy fruit, but as it opens up you really taste the complexity and elegance. It’s silky smooth and packed with blackberry pie flavours. The finish is long and satisfying, and all rounded off by a lick of yummy oak.
- Made from the same grape varieties as Amarone and using very similar techniques in the cellar, Mirko's Ripasso has all the big hitting flavour and effortless class of a £50 bottle of Amarone. And all the while you can drink safe in the knowledge you're not busting the bank.
- Patricio is one of our most highly rated winemakers - he's been with us almost from the very start and not once has he missed the mark.
- We've put this theory to the test by asking Patricio to pull out all the stops and make a truly legendary wine, worthy of an appearance in the Naked Hall of Fame. We tasked him with seeking out the best grapes around to make us a juicy ripe and devilishly smooth Malbec. You better believe Patricio delivered (just like he always does)...
- Nowhere grows Malbec grapes quite like they do in Argentina, and Patricio selected the pick of the bunch to make the contents of this exlusive bottle. The high altitude of the vines are translated into bright, quaffable flavours of fresh summer raspberries and cherries. Yet again Patricio has played a blinder - it's a true essential for fans of smooth Argentine reds.
- Paolo is the King of Prosecco and even though our Italian is rusty, we know what "Superiore" means!
- This is the really top shelf fizz that usually doesn't even leave the country, but you can get your hands on it thanks to our special relationship with Paolo.
- Full of crisp apples, fresh pear and zippy citrus, bubbles this tasty don't even require a special occasion. Stick this in the fridge and pop a bottle just because the sun is shining.
We sourced grapes from a handful of exceptional vineyards in two different subregions of the Barossa Valley – Kalimna in the west, which provided fruit with great fruit intensity and ripe flavours, and Ebenezer in the north, which yields fruit with great concentration, tannin and structure.
2020 was a very strong vintage for Barossa Shiraz and that’s reflected in this delicious wine. It’s a dense purple-black in the glass, with powerful aromas of blackberry and blood plum, and hints of vanilla, dark chocolate and star anise. The palate is opulent, with concentrated forest fruits supported by tobacco, mocha, graphite and toasty oak flavours. Full tannins and rich, ripe structure give the wine great power and a long finish.
It’s drinking beautifully now and goes wonderfully well with aged hard cheeses like gouda, cheddar or mimolette. But if you’re inclined to wait, it will age well over 6-10 years in optimum cellaring conditions.
Adam Barton, Winemaker
- Joost’s winery has won a rep among wine critics for producing some of the finest sauce in the Sauvignon Blanc universe. And Sauvignon doesn’t come any lusher than Pouilly Fumé.
- Think pure, vibrant, mouth-watering luxury in a bottle. Then give it an OBE. Joost's Pouilly Fumé is crisp, complex and posh enough to be served with a trumpet fanfare.
- It tastes great on its own, even better with pan-fried scallops or steamy pasta. Or simply rip open a freshly baked French stick and go totally bonkers with the Brie.