2016 Wine Offers

December 2016

Domaines Leflaive 2015 Release – Be Inspired by Burgundy

“These wines are impeccably made, with all the balance and complexity of the Domaine label wines. The consistency of quality was laudable: the Leflaive name is ever trustworthy.” – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com

Domaine Leflaive is one of the legendary properties of the Côte de Beaune. Each year its production is snapped up by eager collectors to grace the finest cellars and dining tables the world over. Demand always outstrips supply so the wines are very hard to come by, even for the most ardent fan. Their production is small and in 2015 it was limited further by vintage conditions. It therefore brings us great pleasure to offer a selection of their stunning wines from outside of Puligny, under their Domaines Leflaive label. The wines come from carefully selected vineyards in Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran, Auxey-Duresses, Rully and the Mâcon. The grapes are grown following strict biodynamic principles and they are vinified in Puligny-Montrachet in exactly the same way as the Domaine wines.
This is the debut vintage for the Saint-Véran and Mâcon-Solutré wines under the Domaines label and these are remarkably precise and balanced wines which reflect all the finesse of the Domaine wines.

  • Mâcon-Solutré, £177 per 12 Bottles In Bond. An expressive bouquet of green plums and apples and a hint of something more exotic lead to a lively and refreshing palate. Warm citrus fruits and mouthwatering mineral characters are in perfect balance. Drink from release.
  • Saint-Véran, £237 per 12 bottles In Bond. A bouquet of bright soft stone fruits leads to a refreshing palate bursting with warm citrus flavours and a lively green apple character which makes the mouth water. Harmonious and refreshing, this wine will be delicious over the next few years. Drink from release.
  • Auxey-Duresses, £267 per 12 Bottles In Bond. Appealing and expressive, this wine has a pretty bouquet of white flowers with a hint of acacia honey and dried fruits. On the palate, succulent white peach and stone fruit characters are balanced by a chalky mineral quality which gives a sense of control. Drink from release.
  • Pouilly-Fuissé, £267 per 12 Bottles In Bond. A very elegant wine with a real sense of direction and purpose, it reveals a subtle bouquet of stone fruits and delicate citrus characters while the palate is refreshing and pure with soft white peach and green apple fruits. A little restrained at first, this wine has plenty of depth and the potential for longer ageing. Drink from 2017.
  • Rully 1er Cru, £292 per 12 Bottles In Bond. A refreshing and energetic wine with lovely pure fruit, there is an added tension and direction here. A bright bouquet of white stone fruits leads to a refreshing palate with lively green apple flavours underscored by a lean mineral character which leads to a long finish. Drink from 2017.


November 2016

Champagne & Rioja – A Special Christmas Offer from Armit Wines

From a substantial Christmas Offer from Armit wines, the following, which represent quality at a good price, were selected for the HMWS:

  1. Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2014, South Africa (£9.78) Click here to read Jancis Robinson’s tasting notes. (6 cases bought)
  2. Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet Cuis 1er Cru NV (£20.67) (The Wine Society lists it at £24 per bottle) (6 cases bought)
  3. La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva 2008, Spain – “Beautifully integrated and graceful reserva, 95% tempranillo and 5% mazuelo, extensively aged in American barrels” (£14.40) (The Wine Society lists it at £17.50 a bottle) (6 cases bought)

Case size: 6 bottles

(The offer ended on Monday 28 October. 18 cases were bought by 10 HMWS members)

(Noble Rot

Last month, the Society offered two ‘new’ wines to members – Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2014 from South Africa  and La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Reserva 2008, a blend of 95% tempranillo and 5% mazuelo, extensively aged in American barrels. When I say ‘new wines’, I mean they are new to the Society, not having been offered before. However, half a dozen savvy members bought the wines. I tried a bottle of the Chennin Blanc from Swartland a few days ago and found it very well made with great poise and balance, lean and austere. It is not the usual fruit bomb like a lot of Chenin from the Cape and I am sure, will improve in bottle and develop honeyed tones and fine texture. It confirmed the view that South Africa has a great future with this varietal. The Rioja, tasted last night, is of course, from one of the great traditional houses and in a wonderful year. It is soft and supple with fruit and oak beautifully integrated. It is drinking well now and partners roast lamb splendidly. Both wines offer great value for money and members who bought them should give themselves a pat on the back!)

Marimar Estate

“Please see attached a new and revised Marimar Promotion. We offer this only to a few selected customers  (about 15 Nationally). I hope it might be of interest to you, and your clients?” – Fells
Buy 2 cases of (case contains 6 bottles) of any of the wines below, you will get a third case of the same wine free of charge i.e. 3 cases for the price of 2.
1. Marimar Estate La Masia Chardonnay 2010 – £127.13
2. Marmar Estate Acero Chardonnay 2014 – £112.00
3. Marimar Estate Albarino 2013 – £118.11
4. Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir 2012 – £142.25
5. Marimar Estate Mas Cavallas Pinot Noir 2013 – £142.25
Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 (95 points)

Grosset & Mt. Horrocks – Special 15% Off Offer From Liberty Wines 

  1. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2016 – £18.30
  2. Grosset Springvale Riesling 2015 – £17.88
  3. Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2016 – £24.16 (Winesearcher lists the 2010 vintage at @ £48.70 a bottle with an average score of 92!)
  4. Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2015 – £23.43
  5. Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling (2014/15/16) – £14.31
  6. Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2014 – £14.31
  7. Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – £18.33
  8. Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – £17.00
  9. Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 37.5 cl  (2015/16) – £15.25

Prices shown are per bottle. Cases captain 12 bottles

Loire Chenin Blanc From Richard Kelly MW

  1. 2009 Vouvray Méthode Traditionelle Brut, Sébastien Brunet £24.00
  2. 2013 Vouvray ‘Renaissance’ Sec, Sébastien Brunet £20.00
  3. 2002 Vouvray Demi Sec, Domaine de Pouvray £30.00
  4. 2014 Savennières ‘Les Genêts’ Damien Laureau £32.00
  5. 1989 Coteaux de l’Aubance, Château d’Avrillé £20.00
  6. 1975 Coteaux du Layon, Moulin Touchais £60.00


  • Series M 2012 – £30.50 per bottle
  • Series C 2010 – £32.48 per bottle

Cases contain 6 bottles

October 2016



  1. Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2013 – (£8.85)
  2. Vergelegen Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – (£8.85)
  3. Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2013 – (£12.63) £75.78 per case of 6
  4. Vergelegen Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – (£12.26) £73.56 per case of 6
  5. Vergelegen Reserve Semillon 2013 – (£12.63) £75.78 per case of 6
  6. Vergelegen Semillon Straw Wine 2011, (37.50cl) – £10.10)
  7. Vergelegen G.V.B White 2012 – (£19.83)
  8. Vergelegen Premium Cab Sauv/Merlot 2011 – (£8.85)
  9. Vergelegen Reserve Cab Sauv 2009 – (£12.63)
  10. Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2011 – (£12.26)
  11. Vergelegen Reserve Shiraz 2012 – (£12.26)
  12. Vergelegen DNA Cab Franc/Merlot 2011 – (£15.58)
  13. Vergelegen V 2009/11 – (£47.92)
  14. Vergelegen G.V.B Red 2011 – (23.79)
  • Cases contain 6 bottles
  • Orders so far: 5 cases
  • Order will be placed on Wednesday 26 October

September 2016

Torres Spain

  1. Gran Viña Sol 2014
  2. Gran Sangre de Toro 2012 Catalunya (£50.81 per case of 6)
  3. Gran Coronas 2010/12 Penedés
  4. Celeste 2013 Ribera del Duero (£54.71 per case of 6)
  5. Altos Ibericos 2012/13 Rioja

Torres Chile

  1. Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  2. Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (£37.17 per case of 6, £6.20 a bottle)
  3. Santa Digna Merlot 2014
  4. Santa Digna Rose 2015 £37.17 per case of 6
  5. Santa Digna Gewurztraminer 2014/15 £37.17 per case of 6
  6. Cordillera Carmenere 2009
  7. Cordillera Chardonnay 2013
  8. Santa Digna Estelado NV, Chilean Sparkling Rosé £52.77 per case of 6


  1. TEDESCHI Maternigo Valpolicella Superiore 11/12, Veneto (£83.97 per case of 6)
  2. TEDESCHI Amarone della Valpolicella 2012, Veneto (£128.81 per case of 6 bottles)
  3. RENATO RATTI Battaglione Barbera D’Alba 14, Piedmont
  4. RENATO RATTI Ochetti Nebbiolo D’Alba, Piedmont
  5. BARONE RICASOLI Brolio Chianti Classico 13/14, Tuscany
  6. BARONE RICASOLI Vinsanto 2007 *6/50cl, Tuscany (£110.21 per case of 6)


  1. BOUCHARD Montagny 1er Cru 2014
  2. BOUCHARD Pinot Noir La Vignée 2014
  3. BOUCHARD Monthélie 2013
  4. BOUCHARD Beaune du Château 1er Cru 2012
  5. BOUCHARD Gevery – Chambertin 2013
  6. WILLIAM FEVRE St Bris 2015 France – Chablis
  7. WILLIAM FEVRE Chablis 2014 France – Chablis
  8. WILLIAM FEVRE Chablis Domaine 2013/15 France – Chablis


  1. FAMILLE HUGEL Gentil 2015 (£48.87 per case of 6, £8.15 a bottle)
  2. FAMILLE HUGEL Classic Pinot Noir 2012
  3. FAMILLE HUGEL Classic Gewurztraminer 2013
  4. FAMILLE HUGEL Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer 2007

Douro DOC

  1. ALTANO White, 2015
  2. ALTANO Organic Red, 2014 (£7.17 per bottle)
  3. ALTANO Quinta do Ataide Reserva Red, 2012 (£52.77 per case of 6)

New World Reds

  1. TEMATA Bullnose Syrah 2012, New Zealand
  2. TEMATA Awatea Cabernet / Merlot 2012, New Zealand
  3. TEMATA Estate Syrah 2013, New Zealand
  4. TEMATA Estate Cabernet / Merlot 2013, New Zealand
  5. EDMEADES Mendocino County Zinfandel 2013 Mendocino , California, USA
  6. LA CREMA Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma Coast, California, USA
  7. LA CREMA Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 Sonoma Coast, California, USA


  1. BARBADILLO Solear Manzanilla (Dry) – £44.93 per case of 12 half bottles (eq. £3.75 per half bottle)
  2. BARBADILLO “Pastora” En Rama Manzanilla (Dry)


  1. CHAMPAGNE HENRIOT Brut Souverain NV
  2. CHAMPAGNE HENRIOT Blanc de Blancs NV


  1. GRAHAM’S Six Grapes Reserve Port
  2. GRAHAM’S Late Bottled Vintage 2011 – £8.15 per bottle
  3. GRAHAM’S Q. dos Malvedos 2004 Single Quinta Vintage Port
  4. DOW’S Q. do Bomfim 2004 Single Quinta Vintage Port
  5. GRAHAM’S Crusted 2007 Available with Gift Carton
  6. WARRE’S Q. da Cavadinha 1998 Single Quinta Vintage Port
  7. WARRE’S Bottle Matured LBV 2003 Available with Wooden Gift Box
  8. SMITH WOODHOUSE Madalena 1998 Single Quinta Vintage Port
Prices on request

Fells Special Mixed Case Christmas Offer

1. A Six Bottle case of Hugel Riesling – Usual trade price £108.45 (Offer price £86.56)

  • (2 x) Classic Riesling 2014
  • (2 x) Estate Riesling 2012
  • (2 x) Jubilee Riesling 2009

2. A Six Bottle Case of Graham’s Tawny Ports – Usual trade price £214.10 (Offer price £165.87)

  • 2 bottles of Graham’s 10 yo
  • 2 bottles of Graham’s 20 yo
  • 1 bottle of Graham’s 30 yo
  • 1 bottle of Graham’s 40 yo

3. A Six Bottle Case Of Blandy’s Madeira – Usual trade price £92.22 (Offer price £72.27)

  • 1x Sercial 10 yo (Dry)
  • 1x Verdelho 10 yo (Medium Dry)
  • 2x Bual 10 yo (Medium Sweet)
  • 2x Malmsey 10 yo (Sweet)

4. A Six Bottle Case Of Torres Brandy – Usual trade price £152.54 (Offer price £108.66)

  • (3 x) Torres 10 yo
  • (2 x ) Torres 20 yo
  • (1 x ) Jaime I (30 yo)

5. A Six Bottle Case of Janneau Armanac – Usual trade price £249.59 (Offer price £181.47)

  • (3 x ) Janneau VSOP
  • (3 x ) Janneau XO

Here are my Top Ten Buys (BD):

  1. Torres Gran Coronas
  2. Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Rose
  3. TEDESCHI Amarone della Valpolicella 2012
  4. ALTANO Organic Red, 2014
  5. BARBADILLO Solear Manzanilla
  6. BARBADILLO “Pastora” En Rama
  7. GRAHAM’S Six Grapes Reserve Port
  8. GRAHAM’S Late Bottled Vintage 2011
  9. Six Bottle Case of Graham’s Tawny Ports
  10. Six Bottle Case of Janneau Armanac

August 2016

1. Quinta do Crasto and Ken Forrester

The Society is pleased to offer Members the following five excellent wines from Quinta do Crasto and Ken Forrester:

  1. Quinta do Crasto Branco Douro 2015 – £10 .19
  2. Quinta do Crasto Branco Superior 2015 – £12.79
  3. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage 2015 – £8.13
  4. Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – 9.98
  5. Ken Forrester FMC 2014 – £20.68

Prices shown are per 75 cl. bottle. A case contains six bottles. Any orders by Monday 29 August please

2. Kendall – Jackson – Sonoma County

  1. Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – (£54.59)
  2. Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2013 – (£62.51)
  3. Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel 2012 – (£62.51)
  4. Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 – (£76.17)
  5. Vintner’s Reserve Merlot 2011 – (£76.17)
  6. Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – (£76.17)

Prices are for cases of six

3. Miguel Torres Chile


Miguel Torres was one of the first foreign investors to buy land in Chile, attracted by the special climatic conditions of this region.   In 1979 Torres purchased one hundred hectares of vineyard in Maquehua, San Francisco Norte and Cordillera and a winery located in the Curicó Valley.  With him, Miguel Torres brought his family’s long tradition wine-making and over one hundred years of company history.

  1. Cordillera Brut 2013, Valle de Curico (£50.81 per case of 6)
  2. Santa Digna Chardonnay 2015, Central Valley – (£37.17 per case of 6)
  3. Santa Digna Gewurztraminer 2014, Central Valley – (£37.17 per case of 6)
  4. Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Central Valley – (£37.17 per case of 6)
  5. Santa Digna Carmenere 2014, Central Valley – (£37.17 per case of 6)

4. Brown Brothers

  1. Explorer Chenin Blanc 2014 – £39.11 per case of 6 (£6.52 a bottle)
  2. Explorer Dry Muscat 2014 – £39.11 per case of 6 (£6.52 a bottle)
  3. Explorer Terrango* 2014 – £39.11 per case of 6 (£6.52 a bottle)
  4. Explorer Late Harvest Muscat 2013 – £41.07 per case of 6 (£6.85 a bottle)
  5. Explorer Orange Muscat & Flora** 2013 – £52.73 per case of 12 (£4.40 a bottle)

*Terrango: Tarrango is a unique Australian grape variety, bred by CSIRO scientists in 1965 by crossing the Portuguese red grape variety Touriga with the versatile white grape Sultana. It was developed specifically to produce a light, fresh red wine ideal for summer drinking in the many countries with warm to hot summers. Named after the tiny township of Tarrango in the Mallee district of north-west Victoria, where it was designed to thrive, the vines bear generous crops that ripen late and maintain a fresh acidity and soft grapey flavour.

**Orange Muscat & Flora: Orange Muscat and Flora are two white grape varieties that are little known or planted in Australia. As the name suggests, Orange Muscat is part of the Muscat family and hails from the south-east of France. The variety is said to have derived its name from the golden hues the grapes develop when fully ripe and the strong aroma of orange blossom given off at vintage when the grapes are freshly crushed. Flora was developed at the Californian Agricultural Department Station in 1958 from a cross between the white grapes Semillon and Gewürztraminer. It produces a wine of fragrance and body with a fresh acid backbone. The fruit was grown at our Mystic Park vineyard and was harvested in late March and early April at baumé levels ranging from 14.6° to 15.2°.

5. Torres, Spain

  1. Vina Esmeralda 2015 (Catalunya) – £35.21 per case of 6
  2. Gran Vina Sol 2013 (Penedes) – £37.17 per case of 6
  3. Vina Sol Rose 2014 (Catalunya) – £27.42 per case of 6
  4. Altos Ibericos 2013 (Rioja) – £39.11 per case of 6
  5. Gran Sangre de Toro 2010 (Catalunya) – £39.11 per case of 6
  6. Gran Coronas 2011 (Penedes) – £44.97 per case of 6
  7. Jean Leon 3055 Organic Merlot 2012 – £48.87 per case of 6


torres-gran-coronas-cabernet-sauvignon-reserva-penedes-spain-10295936I buy most vintages of Torres Gran Coronas for everyday drinking. In fact, it is the only wine from the Torres mid-lower range that I buy and cellar regularly. Here’s Jancis Robinson’s (MW) tasting notes on the currently averrable 2011 vintage: “Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo. Reductive notes on the nose. Full bore fruit on the palate, concentrated and bold. Long, spicy finish. There’s a lot to enjoy on the palate – it’s modern and smooth but retains a distinctive savoury flavour – but that reductive nose is a distraction.” She gave it a score of 16. The drinking window would be from now to 2018. The UK retail price is between £11 and £12. Considering that the 2010 vintage was offered to members by the HMWS at £7.55 per bottle in April this year, the current offer of the 2011 vintage at £7.49 is an absolute bargain! – BD

6. E. Guigal

This is a special promotion from Fells. Normal trade prices have been reduced significantly. The offer ends on Monday 15 August.

July 2016

Wines of Jane Hunter

  1. Riesling 2015  – £116.26 (£9.69 eq. bottle price) (1 case ordered)
  2. Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – £116.26 (£9.69 eq. bottle price) (6 cases ordered)
  3. Kaho Roa 2015 – £144.48 (£12.04 eq. bottle price) (2 cases ordered)
  4. Chardonnay 2013/2015 – £144.48 (£12.04 eq. bottle price) (5 cases ordered)
  5. Huka Pupa 2014 £128.67 – (£10.73 eq. bottle price)
  6. Pinot Noir 2012  £134.61 – (£11.22 eq. bottle price) (10 Cases ordered)

These are 12 bottle cases.  Members will be pleased to note that the prices are unchanged from March 2015.  Offer ended on Monday 1 August and an order for 24 cases was placed. For technical data on the wines visit: http://wp.me/PZGnF-GY

2001 Port Magnums


Symington Family Estates  have produced a very limited quantity  of the below in magnums, these are the only magnums of either Quinta in existence so are very rare. They are packed in individual wooden boxes inside a carton outer case.

      3×150    Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim 2001                   @            £134  (£44.67 per mag)

      3×150    Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha 2001            @            £140  (£46.67 per mag)

Stock is  in Portoand will only be shipped to order. Offer ends on Monday 18 July

Graham’s Ports


  1. Six Grape Reserve £7.82
  2. LBV 2009 £8.15
  3. 10 Year Old Tawny in gift tube £11.40
  4. 20 Year Old Tawny in gift tube £22.45
  5. 30 Year Old Tawny in gift tube £40.00

(Graham’s 40 Year Old Tawny is not on offer at present but is available at £72 per bottle in cases of six)

June 2016

More From Torres

  1. Torres Verdeo Vedejo 2014, Rueda – £5.55
  2. Torres Chile Dias de Verano Muscat 2014, Itata Valley – £5.55
  3. Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo Pais 2014, Secano Interior – £5.87
  4. Torres Chile Estelado Sparkling Rose, Secano Interior – £7.82

Prices are per bottle. There are six bottles in a case

Te Mata & Warwick

  • Warwick Estate First Lady Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa – £6.85 a bottle
  • Warwick Estate First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa – £6.85 a bottle
  • Te Mata Cape Crest 2013, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand – £12.70 a bottle (winesearcher £24, average score 93/100). A barrel-fermented blend of 86% sauvignon blanc, 9% semillon, and 5% sauvignon gris aged on lees in French oak barrels for 8 months. Click here for the technical sheet.


May 2016



To mark UK Sherry Festival starting on 13th June, Barbadillo UK agents have made significant reductions in their trade prices of a number of quality sherries. Click here to read about the different types of sherry. These are wines which should be in every wine lover’s cellar:

  1. Solear (37.5cl) £3.43 each
  2. En Rama (37.5cl) £4.73 each
  3. Principe Dry Amontillado £16.93 per bottle
  4. Obisco Gascon Palo Cortado £17.58 per bottle
  5. Cuco Dry Olorosso £15.95 per bottle
  6. La Cilla Pedro Ximenez (Sweet) £13.68 per bottle

Offer ends on Monday 6th June

Six Fine Wines

  1. Tahbilk 2014 Marsanne (Australia) – £8.50 a bottle (Average score 91, average UK price £12)
  2. Tahbilk 2011 Sparkling Marsanne (Australia) – £12.10 a bottle
  3. Lagar de Cervera 2014 Albariño (Galicia) – £9.70 a bottle (Average score 85, average UK price £13.20)
  4. Matetic Vineyards 2012 EQ Syrah (Chile) – 13.90 a bottle (International Wine Challenge, 2015: Gold, Trophy, Average score 90, average UK price £16.80)
  5. Château de Tracy 2013 Pouilly Fumé, Mademoiselle de St Baville – £12.22 a bottle
  6. Urla Winery 2012 Vourla (Turkey) – 12.10 a bottle (Average UK price £16.80)


The much anticipated Torre de Oña Reserva 2012 has been released. The Consejo Regulador has lauded this as a fantastic year and and 2012 is probably the best vintage ever produced at Torre de Oña.
Part of the La Rioja Alta S.A. stable, Torre de Oña is one of the leading wineries in Rioja Alavesa. It is renowned for producing elegant wines reflecting the personality of some of the best vineyards in this prestigious area. Unusually in Rioja, Torre de Oña is a château style property surrounded by its vineyards. It is privileged to have a unique terroir which demonstrates time and time again the clear potential for making a great modern wine, which communicates the exceptional characteristics of this exclusive location.
Torre de Oña Reserva 2012, La Rioja Alta Alavesa
£12.98 a bottle or £154.56 Per case of 12 Bottles


  1. Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Central Valley – £37.40 per case of 6
  2. Santa Digna Rosé 2015, Central Valley – £37.40 per case of 6
  3. Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Central Valley – £37.40 per case of 6
  4. Santa Digna Merlot 2013, Central Valley – £37.40 per case of 6



Jackson Estate: I tasted a selection of Jackson Estate wines with Master Sommelier Pierre-Marie Pattieu last week. They are available from Fells and a special price has been negotiated:

  1. Cambria Tepusquet Viognier 2014, Santa Barbara. – Rich and honeyed and quite pleasing though alcohol level is a little high at 14.5%. (£77.44)
  2. Katherine Chardonnay 2012, Santa Barbara County – Has fine fruit and well integrated oak (£95.40)
  3. La Crema Sanoma Coast Chardonnay 2013 – Softer and more gentle with a lower alcohol level. (£72.50)
  4. La Crema Sanoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013 – Light, soft and pleasingly fruity. (£82.25)
  5. La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir 2013 – Has more body and structure and is a serious food wine. (£115.00)
  6. Cambria Tepusquet Syrah 2012, Santa Barbara County –  Big but an already approachable fine wine. (88.37)
  7. Edmeades Mendacino Zinfandel 2012 – A red with a refreshing and balanced style and is a pleasure to drink even on its own. (£80.28)

All the wines impressed me and are well worth buying. The prices given are for cases of six bottles inclusive of delivery to Harrogate

(9 cases ordered on 16 may 2016)

April 2016



Hermann Seifried addressing the HMWS at Harrogate Hotel du Vin in September 2015

  • (2 x ) Seifried Gewürztraminer 2014
  • (2 x ) Seifried Grüner Veltliner 2014/15
  • (2 x ) Seifried Riesling 2014

Usual retail price £77.94 per mixed case of six. Offer price £45.20

(1 case ordered on 16 may 2016)


La Rioja Alta S.A. is not just renowned for its Gran Reservas, but for the outstanding quality of the Reservas produced as well, and as such we are excited today to release magnums of Viña Ardanza 2007.
Another fantastic vintage, receiving 94 points from Luis Gutierrez (eRobertParker.com), the Ardanza 2007 was once again made with meticulous care using traditional methods and only released onto the market when ready to drink. A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha, the wine was aged for between 30-36 months in American oak before being bottled in 2011, which far surpasses minimum ageing requirements.
An intense nose with spicy aromas of black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla which envelop fine notes of red berries gives way to a beautiful structure in the mouth, with balanced acidity and delicate, persistent tannins and an elegant, all-encompassing finish.
The younger brother to Gran Reserva 890, the Ardanza 2007 is also a wine to lay down, but is drinking fantastically now and offers good value for money. It is a good buy.

  • “The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza…The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011 and was released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money.”
    94/100 points, Luis Gutierrez, eRobertParker.com
  • “80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha. Produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega’s 360-ha vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the region’s founding families. Intense, rich, many-layered vanilla-and-toast nose…Classic traditional rich rioja. Attractive freshness on the finish.” 
    17/20 points, Jancis Robinson

VIÑA ARDANZA 2007 – £204 Per 6 Magnums Duty Paid

30 Magnums were ordered on 26 April


Some members have expressed an interest in the following six wines featured in the recent Guigal tasting. An order will be sent to Fells on Monday 25th April.

  1. Condrieu 2013: This is 100% Viognier from low yielding 30 year old vines grown on steep sand and granite terraced slopes, fermented in 30% new oak barrels. Despite the characteristic low acidity of viognier, the wine has undergone the malolactic and was aged in 100% new oak. Still, it is bone dry and fresh and a lovely wine to drink now. (16.5) (£28.48 HMWS) 1 case
  2. St Joseph Blanc 2014: 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne. Rich and intense nose. Dry, savoury and very seductive. Lovely balance. Would be even better in 4-5 years. (16.5) (£16.32 HMWS) 1 case
  3. St Joseph Rouge 2012: 100% Syrah aged for 16 months in second wine oak barrels. High acidity but has good fruit and the tannins are soft. Would improve for 4 to 5 years. (15) (£15.74 HMWS) 1 case
  4. Hermitage Rouge 2010: 100% Syrah macerated for 4 weeks in vats and aged for 36 months in oak barrels, 50% of which were new. A dark, rich and intense wine, lovely to drink even now. Well worth buying and cellaring. (17) (£35.06 HMWS) 1 case
  5. Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2010: 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier aged for 36 months in 50% new oak. Light, fragrant, soft and beautifully balanced. Delightful. (17) (£31.47 HMWS) 3 cases
  6. Chateau d’Ampuis 2000: Fruit from 7 exceptional terroirs – Le Clos “Côte Blonde”, La Garde “Côte Blonde”, La Grande Plantée “Côte Blonde”, La Pommière “Côte Brune”, Le Pavillon Rouge “Côte Brune”. Le Moulin “Côte Brune” La Viria “Côte Brune. 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier macerated for 4 weeks and aged for 38 months in new oak. Exceptional drinking. (17.5) (£49.51 HMWS)
  7. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011: Magnums (£19.18) and (£9.19) per bottle) 1 case

All the wines are in cases of six. Order placed on Monday 25 April

Brown Brothers

For the first time, the Society is able to offer members a selection of wines from Victoria’s Brown Brothers. If you are not familiar with the producer, please click here to read more.

  1. 18 Eighty Nine Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Fruit from Tasmania. 13.5%. Drinking window: Drink now. (Next vintage available will be 2015)
  2. 18 Eighty Nine Chardonnay 2014: Seventy percent of this wine was fermented and aged for nine months in French oak, of which 10 percent was new. The wine was bottled with an alcohol of 13.0%, a pH of 3.39 and an acid level of 6.4g/L. Drinking window: now to 2018
  3. 18 Eighty Nine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: Different parcels of the wine spent 12 months in French oak barriques of which 12% was new. It was bottled with an alcohol of 13.5%, a pH of 3.52 and an acid level of 5.8g/L. Drinking window: now to 2020
  4. 18 Eighty Nine Shiraz 2013: Following malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 13 months in new (10%) to three year old American and French oak barriques and puncheons. It was bottled with an alcohol of 14.5%, a pH of 3.4 and an acid level of 6.2 g/L. Drinking window: now to 2019

The wines are available in unmixed cases of six 75cl bottles. The case cost is £49.11 inclusive of duty, VAT and delivery to Harrogate

     5. Brown Brothers Explorer Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora 2013 (37.5cl): £78.22 per case of 12 half bottles

The order will be sent at 9 am on Monday 18 April

2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890

“For the first time ever, famed Rioja producer La Rioja Alta S.A. have released their Gran Reserva 890 in magnum; a wine previously reserved only for the tables and cellars of the founding families. 
Named after the winery’s first vintage (1890), only the best grapes from the oldest vines are selected for the Gran Reserva 890 resulting in a cuvée that reaches the very summit of what Rioja is capable of achieving. The 2004 vintage, officially rated ‘Excellent’ by the D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board, was a year with near perfect growing conditions setting the ground for the 890 to display its hallmark elegance and structure. 
The wine is only released onto the market when it is ready to drink, offering the drinker perfect ageing conditions without having to cellar it themselves. Do not hesitate to take this opportunity to purchase this wine in magnum for the first time ever.” – Armit Wines

  • La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected Rioja producers and one of my favourites, ever since their wines did so well in the very first comparative tasting I ever arranged, back in the early 1980s… – Jancis Robinson MW
  • Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from. – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
  • Vivid red. The nose displays an array of ripe red fruits, pungent flowers and exotic spices, with vanilla bean and coconut accents building with air. Sweet, broad and luscious, offering intense cherry-vanilla and raspberry liqueur flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows excellent depth as well as finesse, with velvety tannins adding shape to the very long, gripping finish. This suave, seamless Rioja spent six years in American oak barrels.
    93/100 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com, November 2015
  • We had a great harvest in 2004, with abundant water allowing for proper vine development, and favourable weather throughout the growing cycle meaning that the grapes arrived at the onset of ripening in the best possible condition. Good diurnal temperature variation lead to a very slow and balanced ripening process, which was particularly beneficial for our oldest vineyards. For me the 2004 is a very special wine, from a truly great vintage.
    Julio Saenz, Rioja Alta S.A. Winemaker

£380.40 Per 3 Magnums – Duty, VAT & delivery paid
£368.98 Per 6 Bottles – Duty, VAT & delivery paid (the 75 cl. bottles are also available from Majestic at £100 each)

(Subject to availability). 12 magnums and 12 bottles were ordered on behalf of 4 members on Wednesday 6 April (Bernard Dias, Charles Joslin, David Lees, Peter Murphy).

Hugel Classic


  1. Hugel Classic Gentil 2014   (£49.11) 3 cases ordered
  2. Hugel Classic Pinot Blanc 2013   (£51.05) 1 case ordered
  3. Hugel Classic Riesling 2013/14   (£62.75) 1 case ordered
  4. Hugel Classic Gewürztraminer 2013  (£66.65) 3 cases ordered

Drinking window is ow to 2018. Prices are for cases of six 75 cl. bottles and include VAT and delivery to Harrogate. The offer closed at 9am on Monday 11 April. 8 cases were ordered for 5 HMWS members ( Ian Bexon, Gwynneth Owen, Dr. David Scullion, John Shore and Dr. Phil O’Conner)

March 2016

Tio Pepe En Rama 2016


2016 edition of Tio Pepe En Rama will be bottled on the 4th April, and should be in the UK at the end of April. It will be available from the HMWS at £14.16 per bottle. Offer closed at 9am on Monday 4 April18 bottles ordered on behalf of 4 members (Bernard Dias, Abdullah Kraam, Phil O’Conner and Peter Murphy).

Four From Torres


  1. Vina Esmeralda 2014 – A blend of Moscatel and Gewürztraminer   (£35.45) 2 cases
  2. Gran Vina Sol 2013 – Chardonnay and Parellada   (£43.25) 5 cases
  3. Gran Sangre de Toro 2010 – Cariñena, Syrah and Garnacha Tinta   (£45.21) 4 cases
  4. Gran Coronas 2010 – Tempranillo & Cabernet Sauvignon   (£45.21) 8 cases

Prices shown are for a cases of six bottles inclusive of VAT and delivery to the HMWS. The offer closed at 9am on Monday 11 April. 19 cases were ordered for 5 HMWS members (Ian Botwright, Dr. Richard Chave-Cox, Peter Murphy, Gwynneth Owen and Carole Wood) 

Argentinian Malbec – Fells World Malbec Day Special Promotion


  1. Chakana Malbec 2014   (£39.11 per case of 6)
  2. Chakana Estate Malbec 2014   (£44.97 per case of 6)
  3. Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2013   (£72.26 per case of 6)
  4. Chakana Ayni Malbec, Paraje Altamira 2014   (£88.32 per case of 6)  (“One of the best Argentinian Malbecs” – Tim Atkin MW)

Offer ended at 9 am on Monday 21 March. 24 cases were ordered. World Malbec Day is 17 April. Click here to read about Chakana Estate

February 2016

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta

  • The stunning, historic Pieve Santa Restituta is owned by none other than the revered Angelo Gaja. The estate takes its name from the tiny church of Santa Restituta, which has been an important local place of worship since the 4th century. When Angelo Gaja bought the estate in 1994, he set about restoring the property to its former glory. Today, its immaculately manicured vineyards and state of the art cellars bear all the hallmarks of this maestro’s unequivocal pursuit of quality. There is no doubt that the Brunello di Montalcino produced here is “easily among the finest in the entire appellation” (Antonio Galloni).
  • We are delighted to offer the latest releases from Pieve Santa Restituta. Angelo Gaja’s 2011 Brunellos are extremely elegant and richly flavoured with great potential for ageing, though, unlike the powerful and unyielding 2010s, they already display signs of warm, rich accessibility and bountiful fruit concentration. Pieve Santa Restituta’s exceptional Brunello di Montalcino normale and the two unique single vineyard wines, Rennina and Sugarille, are truly remarkable.
    Gaja’s Brunellos are the first of our releases from this superb appellation and, simply put, these wines are not to be missed. – Armit Wines
  • “The grapes for Brunello 2011 come from both the vineyard named Deserti, in the area of Torrenieri – which is located northeast of Montalcino village – and from a selection of Rennina and Sugarille vineyards that surround the church of Santa Restituta – southwest of Montalcino village. Deserti vineyard has a northwest and southwest exposures, and its soil is a well-balanced mix of sand, clay and tuff. The area is windy and characterized by significant night-and-day temperature variation. The 2011 Brunello opens with a bouquet of wildflowers and red berries, followed by fresh balsamic notes, notably sweet liquorice and thyme. The palate is very clean, with flavours of fresh plum and red cherry, well integrated wood aromas and silky tannins.” – Gaja
  • “The 2011 is complex and refined with dark cherry aromas intermingled with notes of dried summer fruits and wild flowers. The palate is smooth and satisfying with refreshing red plum and bight cherry fruit flavours balanced by seamless tannins and refreshing acidity. Attractive and very classic in its style, this wine will be delicious to drink over the next few years but will age well for at least a decade.” – James Snoxell, Head of Buying, Armit Wines


Vergelegen (South Africa)  


  1. VG_001058Premium Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Premium Unoaked Chardonnay
  3. Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Six bottle case of these three wines are offered at £41.06 each

(An order for 17 cases placed on behalf of seven members on Monday 14 March. Wines were delivered on Wednesday 16 March)


January 2016

2005 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnums

We are delighted to offer the release of magnums of Rioja Alta’s exceptional 2005 Gran Reserva 904. The heartlands of La Rioja Alta are in the finest sites of the Rioja Alta region. The Estate’s Gran Reserva 904 marks the date when the Ardanza winery was merged with La Rioja Alta, S.A. in 1904. A producer steeped in history, three of their wines are named after members of the founding families – Alberdi, Ardanza and Arana.
Our release of 2005 Gran Reserva 904 bottles was one of our most successful fine wine offers of last year, and it’s easy to see why. The sheer quality of the wine, matched with the reasonable pricing and the maturity of the wine on release made this a must-buy. A magnum of 96 point Gran Reserva that’s drinking now and under £50 on the table is going to be hard to resist.
Luis Gutierrez of The Wine Advocate compares the quality of the “almost-perfect 2005 vintage” to the great Gran Reservas of the 1950s and 60s, so while the wine is ready-to-drink it also has decades ahead of it.” – Armit Wines

“La Rioja Alta celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015… The quality is as good as ever, with superb wines from the almost-perfect 2005 vintage coming into the market. Great Rioja, as traditional as it gets, in good quantity and moderate (and often plain great) prices.” Luis Gutierrez

“The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno. The grapes were destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel for 18 days at 25 C. Malolactic fermentation was spontaneous and lasted 38 days. These wines are marked by a long aging in used American oak barrels following the most strict Riojan tradition; four years during which time the wine was manually racked eight times. This is usually my favorite wine from La Rioja Alta and 2005 is one of its best showings, going back to the quality of the vintages of the 1950s and 60s. The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic. This wine will be released in October 2015, a full ten years after the vintage. At this quality level this is a bargain. 150,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2035”
96 points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate #218 April 2015

“Aromas of pine needles, ginger, red fruits and cedar. Mushroom too, plus bark and mint. Complex. Full body, ultra fine tannins and a tangy and bright finish. Makes you want to drink it. Made from 90% tempranillo with 10% graciano from 40+ year-old vineyards in the Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. Drink or hold.”
95 points, James Suckling

La Rioja Alta 2005 Gran Reserva 904 Magnums, 6 x 1500ml – £236 in bond (duty & VAT to be paid on delivery)


  • “This is better than Lay and Wheeler’s offer”
  • “I note that Berry Brth:& Rudd are selling this at £270 a case, In Bond.”

Wines of Joseph Cattin

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  1. Cremant Brut NV – £59.63
  2. Cremant Brut Rose NV – £64.96
  3. Cremant Grande cuvee 2010 – £82.78
  4. Cremant Emotion NV – £70.24
  5. Pinot Noir Steinbach 2011 – £99.40

Prices are for cases of six 75 cl. bottles inclusive of VAT and delivery to Harrogate. The offer closes at 9 am on Friday 22 January 2016. 18 cases costing £1455.78 were ordered on behalf of four members (Tony Coral, Peter Murphy, John Shore & Les Wilson)