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6 bottles - a sparkling, 2 white and 3 red - selected by our Sommelier, for the exceptional quality and value they represent, whilst giving special attention to their food-pairing versatility. This case probably best demonstrates what is at the heart of The Home Cellar objective - to share our love and enthusiasm for wines of real character, depth, personality and integrity. It is our genuine belief that every glass should be savoured, enjoyed and remembered, without conditions, nor exceptions...and we believe this selection epitomises this.

- Cremant d'Alsace Brut Nature, 2019, Dopff, Alsace, France -

A 100% Chardonnay Brut Nature sparkling (with zero Sulphites too) from the Alsace region of France. Famed for their aromatic and mineral wines, this wine presents aromas of candied yellow fruits with hints of mixed nuts and wood smoke, preceeding a crisp, yet creamy, velvety palate. Bottle fermented 'on the lees' for 39 months, adds rich texture and complexity to a stand-out vintage. Selected for its character and body, this is a remarkable and memorable wine, out-performing many of its more illustrious alternatives.

- Malvazija, 2021, Kozlovic, Istria, Croatia -

Winemakers Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlovic are the latest in a family business that began 115 years ago. Their single varietal Malvazija is a crisp, zesty wine, rich in mineral character. Aromatically complex, a fruity nose is underpinned by a light spiciness and the palate is fresh yet opulent with fruit dominating prior to a salty, spicy finish. Beautifully refreshing!

- Viognier 'The Age of Grace', 2018, Lismore Estate, Western Cape, South Africa -

Californian winemaker, Samantha O'Keefe, has found her own piece of paradise (as well as the perfect terroir) in the foothills of Africa's most southerly mountain range. This Viognier is a reflection of her obsession with soil, climate and the mysterious sense of place. An expressive wine that seduces with aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom, whilst the palate exhibits tropical fruits. Lees ageing provides texture and richness and the body is enriched by the perfectly-judged presence of oak. A sensual and exotic wine.

- Dona Mencia de los Andes, 2016, Ver Sacrum, Pedriel, Argentina -

Winemaker Eduardo Soler is the first to confess that Ver Sacrum is 'not a conventional project'. A garage and a rented warehouse serve as a winery where he aims to revive the fortunes of Mediterranean varities lost to Argentina's lust for Malbec planting since the 1950's. Along with a small group of like-minded viticultors/winemakers, he cultivates three vineyards with differing and distinctive terroir, planted to Grenache Noir, Mourvedre, Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, Nebbiolo, Carignan and Mencia, and whilst more familiar with Spain, the latter has proven to be delightfully expressive in Eduardo's capable hands. This 2016 vintage is intensely aromatic, with lots of dried flowers and sweet black cherries, showing hints of almonds and black olives. Medium bodied, the palate is silky and sensuous, coating the mouth, again with fresh red fruit to the fore. However, it should be made clear that this wine has great tension and balance with expression and delicacy at its heart. Only 1500 bottles...

- Malbec, 2016, Clos du Colombier, Cahors, France -

The cultivation of the vines and the subsequent winemaking are somewhat ancestral; pruning is in accordance with the lunar calendar and the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides is prohibited. Harvest is carried out at the point of optimum maturity and selection is made by hand, free from leaves and stalks. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks and maceration is thermo-regulated to retain maximum fruit extract. The resulting wine is an uncharacteristic bright ruby red with good expression of wild red berries on the nose, leading to a palate of ripe blackberries, complemented by cinnamon and nutmeg spices and a hint of clove. The finish displays smooth tannins and is a well-balanced blend of juicy berry fruits and spices, aided by a hint of liquorice. From Malbec's birthplace, this is a strikingly fresh, lean expression.

- 'Heritage Vines' Zinfandel, 2017, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma, USA -

Founder David Stare is a Loire Valley aficionado. His Dry Creek Vineyard has succeeded brilliantly with plantings of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, but has also built a reputation for terroir-driven old vine Zinfandel. 'Wine Enthusiast' suggested "when Dry Creek gets it right, few wineries anywhere can beat their Zins...". Most notably the trademark dense, jammy fruit often found in old-vine Zinfandel (from regions such as Lodi) are absent in this wine due in part to the climate of Dry Creek Valley being that much cooler. The resulting wine is evidently much more fresh, showing aromas of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, with warm sweet spices. The body is only medium, again demonstrating a leaner character, but still with a resplendent, smooth mouthfeel and a refreshing finish that demands another sip.


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