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Lake Chalice ‘The Raptor’ Sauvignon Blanc

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Lake Chalice ‘The Raptor’ Sauvignon Blanc

Lake Chalice ‘The Raptor’ Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 13% ABV Medium-to-full-bodied white wine £16.50 A pale colour white wine, with a hint of green. Fragrant – you really can smell grapefruit and there’s a hint of blackcurrant stopping it being too citrusy which I really appreciated. Gorgeous mouth feel. More full-bodied than a lot of Sauvignon Blancs I’ve had recently, but that isn’t a criticism. Plenty of texture with the grapefruit and blackcurrant flavours coming back to the fore. A bit of minerality helps keep it balanced. That mouth feel leads into a good long finish – and filling the...

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Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Rum Liqueur

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Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Rum Liqueur

Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Rum Liqueur Scotland 20% ABV £18.50 Beautiful orange colour (unsurprisingly) with zesty orange and smooth chocolate aromas rising from the glass. It’s a bit of a classic flavour combination that is often overly sweet and sickly, lacking any sophistication or class. This if different, partly because of the rum base, and definitely because of the balance of bright citrus with the softer chocolate flavours. A classy, well-rounded number that lingers nicely with a gentle hint of spice. A lovely tipple on a chilly night with the fire lit – or at just about any time of...

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Pyros Valley de Pedernal Syrah 2016

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Pyros Valley de Pedernal Syrah 2016

Pyros Valley de Pedernal Syrah 2016 Argentina 14% ABV Medium-to-full-bodied red wine £21 Elegant ruby red colour, with blackberry and a hint of pine and eucalyptus on the nose. Such an interesting and intense combination. Dark fruits, with vanilla, oak and pepper come to the fore in the mouth and give a lovely warmth which lingers in the mouth alongside that gentle mentholated feeling. Full of intense fruit but lovely and dry with nicely integrated tannins – just how I like it. I loved this wine, both on its own and with a particularly good piece of roast beef, which...

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